What can YOU say in six sentences?
The Elementary/Middle School Years:
According to my father it's never too early to learn that a real man: holds a spatula with as much skill as a rifle - learning to cook fine cuisine with all the nutrition necessary for a healthy family, has a starched collar as well as a crease in your blue jeans, and keeps a home so tidy you can eat off any surface whether the floor or whatever you threw against the wall (not that a real man ever would).
Since I'm a boy I whine and complain because I can survive on peanut butter and jelly, play football - not that pansy powder puff stuff like the girls do, jump the highest ramps with my dirt bike - not peddle a weak little ten speed up and down the court, and climb trees or jump ditches or have mud fights getting good and dirty - who cares if my clothes get messed up.
The High School/College Years:
According to my father it's time to buckle down and prepare for the outside world because, as a black man, I'm already labeled by all the racial prejudices in American society: a drunk, a drug dealer, a rapist of innocent white girls/women, a baby daddy - with five different women at least, ex-con, welfare recipient draining the economy, lazy slacker who can't amount to anything more than washing car windows or begging for money on the street.
Because I'm a young man I completed the honors program at my high school and while I didn't make it Ivy League I made it into a good college, studying a double major - History/Psychology - with a Creative Writing minor on the side, because I'm going to do something with my life and take care of my father when he's ready to retire.
While I'm a man I've got no woman waiting at home, no kids somewhere I never see, just me and my chocolate lab typing a 6S to share with friends I'll probably never meet in person.
In A Possible Future:
Maybe one day I'll get married and we'll have a child who, regardless of sex, will learn all the things my father taught me only I won't ram the lessons down his throat instead letting him learn things in his own time, muddy shoes and all.