“The ideal supplement for your introductory aging or social gerontology courses, Worlds of Difference, Third Edition, is the only book for undergraduates that addresses the diversity of aging experiences in society by race, gender and social class. “The virtue of this book is that it makes a multicultural, systems of inequality approach to the study of aging accessible to students and it does so by letting people from privileged as well as disadvantaged perspectives speak for themselves”…. Robin Moremen, Northern Illinois University.”
Chapter 31: The Horned Toad
The Horned Toad
“Expectoran su sangrel” exclaimed great-grandma when I showed her the small horned toad I had removed from my breast pocket. I turned toward my mother, who translated: “They spit blood.”
“De los ojos,” Grandma added. “From their eyes,” Mother explained, herself uncomfortable in the presence of the small beast.
I grinned, “Awwwwww.”
But my great-grandmother did not smile. “Son muy toxicos,” she nodded with finality. Mother moved back an involuntary step, her hands suddenly busy at her breast. “Put that thing down,” she ordered.
“His name's John,” I said.
“Put John down and not in your pocket, either,” my mother nearly shouted. “Those things are very poisonous. Didn't you understand what Grandma said?”
I shook my head.
“Well …” Mother looked from one of us to the ...