The apology

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The apology

October 5, 2018
This dishevelled little owl has been designated "socially clumsy" by the authority-on-all-things-everywhere, ABC Radio National (no less.) The reason given (by the very erudite expert being interviewed by the very professional ABC broadcaster) was this: you can't (no, you must NEVER) ask people who present (even a smidgin) differently to the standard white Australian, "Where are you from?" That (absolutely and positively) applies to accents too. It had previously been suggested to the little owl (on the occasion this matter had previously been debated) that she might say, instead: "What is your heritage?" (Which, while linguistically elegant, is not what the little owl means when she asks "Where are you from?") And so, when the horror of the ABC Radio National verdict and the memory of the the hundreds of "Where are you from?" clangers she had dropped over the years settled, the little owl (awfully mortified) unrumpled enough to write the following:
The Official
Dishevelled Little Owl
Letter of Apology:

Dear Everyone I Have Ever Asked 
"Where are you from?",
This little owl is very sorry if she was impolite. She asked you "Where are you from?" because in all likelihood she hasn't been where you have been, which means that most probably, you will know a great many things she doesn't know. Most probably, you will be able to teach her a thing or two (or three.) She thinks differences are exciting, wondrous things and that life is richer for them. She thinks difference tell us something of where we've been. Difference shows us where we might go. This little owl difference is like someone shining a light on life - we're all of us the brighter for it. This little owl hopes that when she is somewhere else, someone thinks to ask "where are you from?" Do you think they might? (It would be splendid.)
Respectfully yours,
The Dishevelled Little Owl