Monday, November 12, 2012

Did you unfriend anyone last week?

I have a feeling with everyone sharing their politics today that the "unfriend" button is getting the most use of the year tonight.
My friend posted that status update (above) on election night and I chuckled. Holy Moly. People get crazy, right? Don't worry, I don't plan on sharing my political beliefs with you. As a history teacher, I'm pretty good about showing both sides to an argument and as long as you have informed and educated reasons to back up your candidate, I applaud your convictions. It's when people get crazy...or spout lies...or get racist or bigoted, I have a problem. I had to unfriend two different people on election night (and, lest you think I only unfriend people who disagree with me - I actually unfriended one republican and one democrat). My favorite boss ever once said, "You can't reason with an unreasonable person" and that has carried me through some ridiculous observations. So, when reason doesn't work and all else fails - I just click that little "unfriend" button. Too bad there isn't a feature on facebook where you can actually fill in a little feedback survey... "I unfriended you because you advocated assassination." (I can't make this stuff up, people.")
So, while I won't tell you who or what I voted for on my very secret ballot (my students are STILL asking me, by the way), there is something I will tell you about. Something I feel oh-so-passionate about. And that is voting. Have I ever mentioned how misty-eyed I get while standing in that box with a pen in my hand? I know I was never alive to see the day when my female ancestors didn't get that right - but it might as well have been. Because I never feel more empowered and more proud to be a woman than when I'm standing with that pen in my hand. I almost started crying in the parking lot when Mr. Howard asked if we should bring Aiden in or take turns with him in the car. Mr. Howard probably wanted to ask me if I had taken my crazy pills (or maybe unfriend me on facebook!) when I got choked up saying that it wasn't too long ago that women didn't have the right to even vote. I told him that it was an honor and a privilege for Aiden to see his parents vote and then I turned to Aiden and told him how in some countries still today (have I mentioned I teach world history?) lots of men don't even get this right to stand in a ballot box with a pen in their hand. {I'm sure all Aiden cared about was that he got a cool sticker - but whatever! It has to start somewhere!}
Did you hear that 20 out of the 100 senate seats went to women?!? What a privelege it is to raise a daughter in a world where I can truly say that she can grow up to be whatever she wants (we just need a woman president...).
 Our handsome boy:
 There's Mr. Howard in the corner in khaki and red. He took FOREVER to vote. Geesh.
 My handsome boy:
Someone asked on facebook why we only took one kid. We've already taken Connor to vote once and so it was Aiden's turn (we go in birth order). It'll obviously be Isabella's turn next.


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I just laughed so hard. I didn't unfriend anyone, but I thought about it.

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The Election this year was CRAZY!! I am not really political and actually do not think that I ever watched a debate or the NEWS during the other elections since I've been 18...but for some reason EVERYONE was into this election :-)

The "unfriend" button I'm sure was used and it is completely sad...people should be friends/family regardless of your different beliefs. I just chose to ignore the comments (as in not respond) on FB that I did not agree with. I'm sure that it being the end of November - people have befriended everyone again, hopefully :-)

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