The closest book at hand is Jen Hatmaker’s Of Mess and Moxie, a Christmas gift from my sis this year. We’ve got a pretty good literary streak going – I’ve given her some Glennon Doyle gems over the last couple of years, while she’s given me some treasures to enjoy. This year I was extra giggly because I’ve been talking myself out of buying Of Mess and Moxie repeatedly (I’m behind on my reading as it is), but it kept poking at me. So, of course, Bee picked up that vibe.
But I digress. I’m on page 7 (I told you I was behind on my reading) where the sixth, seventh, and eighth words are “in the same.” I can work with that.
We live in a red sea. Our county sits solidly and stubbornly red through every election, surrounded by counties that turn up blue. We’re near several cities with large universities that have other factors trending them toward democratic candidates, so each election night results roll back in: blue, blue, blue, red (yep, that’s us), blue, blue. We live in a sea of red.
Which means finding out whether acquaintances or even friends are of like mind is something of a dance. Most of us don’t want to run around with our hair on fire, burning bridges left and right, as we rant about our political beliefs. Yeah, sometimes a good rant is unavoidable, but mostly we’re testing the waters to see if the people around us are in the same place.
I can tell this is irritating my kids because they’re surrounded by quite a few others who aren’t in the same place. Kids who vehemently insist that Obama was The Worst President Ever, a leader who Did Everything Wrong and Ruined Our Country. Logic reigns supreme in our house so naturally T-man and Bear ask these kids what he did wrong. I believe the last kid shot back, “Well, what did he do right?”
It’s kind of an energy suck because in school you don’t choose your company, the students in the district are your classmates. As adults at least we have discretion about where and with whom we hang out. And still, the human instinct is to look for those who are in the same space as us.
Linda’s stream of consciousness prompt on Saturdays is always a good time. Today’s is unusual: “look to the publication (book, newspaper, permission slip from your kid’s teacher, whatever you find) closest to you, and base your post on the sixth, seventh, and eighth word from the beginning of the page.”