Who's a family member that you get to see at holidays? What do you do together? Well, apparently, when my grandparents came up, we started a new tradition. We watched Home Alone like every night. We watched Home Sweet Home Alone, the new one. Really good. There's some funny parts in it and my grandpa made it even funnier by laughing so hard that it's just contagious, and you have to laugh super hard, and then we watched Home Alone. And then we watched Home Alone 2. So all three nights in a row.
Some people think it's hard for boys and girls to friends, what do you think? I don't think it's very hard. Maybe it just like, well, actually in a way it could be, because girls and boys -- this is not true for everyone, for example, some tend to share different interests. for example, the guys at my school, there're some girls in their groups too, so you know, it's not exclusive to one gender only. Like in my product team class or personal projects since we're an IB school, they sit around and watch a video sometimes and the friends in my group, we end up just like drawings. That's not too gender-specific. Like girls playing with dolls boys playing with cars, I guess is a better example. Well, I guess what I'm trying to go at is that -- it's more -- like it's easier to become friends with people who have the same interests as you. It's not something exclusive to either gender. Then again, there can be genuine sexism and stuff. Yeah, that can prevent guys and girls from being friends. There can also be transphobia and stuff. Like, there's this trans girl who I'm friends with. She might not be accepted as a friend by some transphobic people, you know, it could just -- a lot of, it could also be gender identity. Some people who disagree will not treat someone as they should be treated, and disregarding interests or stuff like that, just being mean to them because it's who they are. So, it's kind of sad, but, yeah, I feel like it's mainly interest or some problems with the kids themselves, you know, being either racist, sexist, transphobic, stuff like that.
Some people think it's hard for boys and girls to be friends. What do you think? Okay, this is just like what I said earlier, like a friend of mine came over and he is a boy. It is definitely possible for boys and girls to be friends, like especially if you're neither gender. Because I have a friend who's not a boy or a girl, like, their pronouns are “they” and “them”. I think that's "them, they, their". That's their pronouns and like they're not a boy or a girl. So it really just depends, like it definitely is possible for a boy and a girl to be friends. Like my mom is an engineer and there are not a lot of girl engineers, so most of her friends are guys. So yeah, it definitely is possible.
I think I would do fine living in a laid-back culture, especially with like a perception of time. I think in the US we are very preoccupied with time and being somewhere on time, and I think I have a tendency to run late so quote-unquote, but for me, it's just like I get there when I need to be there and, you know, things happen in life. I get stuck at the train tracks or I get stuck behind a tractor or there's a car accident or a million other things can happen and you just can't account for every possible scenario, so you know, I — and it's not good to rush. So I think I'd be fine in a laid-back culture.
So, I did indeed know that November is Native American Heritage Month. My Mom was a tribal member of a recognized tribe here up in northern Wisconsin, actually. And because she was -- my siblings are from her first marriage, they are also recognized members of the same tribal band. Although, I only have one sibling left and Native American history has, although not taught in school very much, always been a part of my existence, I guess. So yeah, I don't know if I've learned so much about Native American Heritage Month per se. I mentioned to my brother, I said, "I think it's -- I see it's Native American heritage month." He said, "Oh, is that right?" So, you know, he says, "Oh, isn't that nice?" But yeah, being native has always been -- being part native, I'm proud to claim, has always been a part of my heritage. I'm not a member of the tribe. I'm actually too white to be a member of the tribe. My Dad's heritage is both of his parents came from Finland. So I'm actually half Finn, part German, and part native Ojibwa. So, we get together with my cousins and stuff and I says, teasingly say, "I'm the white guy in the family." And that's true, but I honor my Native American Heritage and I participate, somewhat, in my Native American Heritage as much as I can.