Saturday, November 10, 2012

Can't We All Just Get Along (and Get Ready for Christmas)?

Hey, y'all.  I just love this time of year.  Thanksgiving is in a couple of weeks and the Christmas decorations are already in the stores.  I LOVE Christmas time.  I'll TRY to wait until at least Thanksgiving to put my tree up and blast the Christmas station on Pandora.  I get excited just thinking about it.

How was your week?  Mine FLEW by.  Seriously, this school year is racing.  We're already mid-way through the second nine weeks.  Time always flies when you're having fun.

I've loved seeing all the "thankful" posts on Facebook and the November challenges a lot of bloggers have taken on.  Posting every day is not something I could ever do, but I love reading others'!

Speaking of Facebook posts and other social media, this was kind of a big week for our nation.

We voted for President of the United States.  Kind of a big deal, right? 

Unfortunately it's brought out the worst in people - from supporters of BOTH candidates (yes, I know there were more than two candidates, but let's be real here -- the race was between only two).

I've never seen so much hatred as a result of a presidential election in my lifetime. Maybe social media has magnified it?  Given people the courage to post their true feelings for the world to see?

I'm not one to pull the race card, y'all (I think it's wasted energy because you can't really change other folks' feelings). But the things I've seen about President Obama online this week are kinda unreal.  And for a brown girl living in the south, that kinda says a lot. 

It's no secret that racism is still alive and kicking down here. I've seen people who claim to love and obey God -- and they claim to love all.  Yet those same people eventually show their true colors - some in small ways, some in bigger ways.  Sure they love you and want the best for you -- as long as you meet certain requirements.

But what can you do other than love them, pray for them, and keep it moving?  It's much easier than getting worked up and hurt by it. Yeah, I was a little surprised that some people could be so OPEN with their hatred, but I can't say I was completely shocked.  They have issues of their own (we all do).  Pray for them.

The crazy anti-Obama stuff wasn't the only thing I saw online this week.  I saw all kinds of Obama supporters posting crazy stuff, too.  For example, pictures of the Commander-in-Chief with stupid captions -- many meant for Obama haters-- rubbing it in their faces that he was re-elected.  And Romney on the Maury show learning he is "NOT the president."  Really?  

Not cool. Not cool at all.

Why do we do this to each other?

I almost didn't post anything about the election because it's such a touchy subject. And my blog is usually sunshine and rainbows.  And quite frankly, I didn't want to offend anyone.

But here's the thing:  I write this blog to record history.  Sure, most of the history you've seen here were related to my kid and her firsts, but I also talk about things that mean a lot to me. And that's so that generations who are not yet old enough (or even born yet) can appreciate it one day.

So, yeah, I'm gonna go out on a limb and write about the election.

I've voted in every presidential election for which I've been eligible.  I turned 18 just in time for the 2000 race.  Back then, I voted just because I was old enough.  Honestly, I didn't care about the issues at hand.

By the time the 2004 election rolled around, I was an adult entering the world of work. I cared a little more.  Age kinda does that to you.

Four years later when the 2008 election came up, I was weeks away from having my first child.  We KNOW how that changes your perspective in life.  EVERYTHING matters more.

But naturally this year has mattered the most.  That child who was in my belly four years ago is now a little person (a person who was sitting right there with me on election night asking questions). Issues are magnified when you have a little person.  You care about things more than you want.

I hate politics.  I hate the lies and the finger-pointing and the fact that the last few months have been about proving the other side wrong.  

And while I hate it, I care enough to know that it kinda matters who eventually wins.  If you'd asked me 12 years ago when I was 18 years old if I'd ever donate to a candidate's campaign, I would have laughed at you.  If you'd told me I'd be making calls to voters in battleground states, I would have been quick to tell you I don't care THAT much.

But I did.  And I do. This year's election meant a lot to me. More than I care to admit.

But I can breathe now. :-) I'm glad that it's over. And I'm glad to know despite all of this, He who controls all of this does not walk this Earth.  That gives me peace. 

I hope that this week as a nation we can get back to being civil to one another. Because at the end of the day, we've all got to live together.  Can't we all just get along? :-)


Now. Let me share my usual sunshine and rainbows with you:

I snapped these shots as I was leaving work a few years ago and they still make me happy.

Isn't this time of year simply gorgeous?

The leaves will be gone soon and we'll be decorating our trees and singing Christmas songs.  I'm so ready! :)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


1 comment:

  1. Loved this post...the election definitely brought out the good and bad of are beautiful!!


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