It's been a rough week, hasn't it?
I have been avoiding social media for the last several days, finding it simultaneously infuriating and heartbreaking, and for an introvert like me, I had my fill of everyone's emotional outbursts.
Back to YouTube. Cat videos never offend.
I consider myself "apolitical", and I do so mainly by necessity. With my husband on one side of the issues and my own family on the other, I play the role of Switzerland at family dinners, awkwardly coughing and changing the subject when controversial subjects arise.
For the sake of all of my Facebook friends, I wish they could do the same. Not because their political beliefs are wrong or invalid, but because so much heartbreak could be avoided.
That friend you just cut down in anger.
Those generalizations pointed in your direction.
A relative you accused of something horrendous.
The pang of hurt when someone called you stupid.
Can't everyone be passionate and understanding?
Cael and Graham would occasionally repeat political soundbites they'd overheard from commercials and had what can only be described as "debates" as they ate their cereal or played with Legos. And while they were all over the place --like seriously mixing up the details-- occasionally a little bit of insight would poke through.
"Graham, they want to build a wall so that there's a real border. Like, nobody knows where America starts if there's no wall."
"No, that's not right, Cael. And that's not what Hillary wants. She said so in her emails."
"You know, she's gonna be in huge trouble because she sent thousands of emails. She's gotta be way over on data and someone has to pay for it."
"Who, like us?"
"You, Graham. You're gonna have to pay."
That's where I jumped in, and where Cael hit me with the fat truth.
"Boys, don't fight about stuff you don't even understand."
"We're not, Mom. We have way better stuff to fight about."
Isn't that the truth.
Aside from guarding the Swiss flag, I've decided that this should be my new political role. When I log onto Facebook and see friends arguing, I'll point out one of the many issues that require real debate, like the proper pronunciation of the word "mature". When politics come up at Thanksgiving dinner next week, I'll artfully redirect the conversation to the raging battle between mayonnaise and Miracle Whip.
This week has been hard for everyone, but it's not too late to start addressing the real issues in your home and with your friends as well. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Shia LaBeouf's celebrity status.
Texting someone to say you're about to call.
The final episode of Seinfeld, (Or for those that are daring, the entire last season of Lost.)
Fruit suspended in jello.
"Elf on the Shelf"
The sorcery of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers.
Buying Christmas gifts for pets.
Be passionate, but be understanding. Even good people like Miracle Whip.