I was raised in an east European Jewish Socialist working class neighborhood in the Bronx, New York City. I guess today, they would term us, “disadvantaged,” but we call ourselves, “poor” and that did not mean we felt any disadvantage. I learned Street Corner Wisdom. Some, I retain, other aspects of this “wisdom” have been discarded.
STREET CORNER WISDOM
When playing stickball, hit the ball where they ain’t.
Always trust an Irish politician, he keeps his word.
When walking in a strange neighborhood, walk on heels, not toes. Toe walking is too aggressive.
Never rat on anyone.
Jewish girls don’t do IT. Irish girls DO.
Never sign a paper. Your handshake is your word.
Teachers never go to the toilet. Where they go is the mystery of life.
Never vote for a Republican. They are for the rich.
If you see a police car coming, just run.
Never step on a blade of grass growing out of the pavement.