Thursday, September 04, 2008
Sometimes, you just need a little space...

We might have considered giving each other some space the other night. A weekend getaway with friends turned political and all Hades broke lose as the children slept in the hotel bed beside us and the men drank girlie bottled drinks that they wouldn't be caught dead with in a bar. As they sipped, we discussed the errs of our government, of the political system, of the people we're electing (or not) and why we are voting (or not)... all together, not fodder for a light evening of laughter, as is our usual routine.
Board games and card games sat unopened on the table between us as the bottles emptied and the tempers rose. And all I could think was of the futility of it. That none of us were going to convince the other. And neither politician we elect this November is going to give us what we desire - no matter how much hope-filled-lingo is pumped into an arena or how many tickets are sold on the straight-talk express.
But still, there are things that stung, even knowing that we wouldn't ever see eye to eye to begin with. Maybe, had I been drinking myself, I would've let the words slide from me in my sleep, instead of waking with them still swirling. I took another stab over breakfast. Not at debate, but at understanding. I got little response. A pat answer and a compliment to bandage anything that the answer did not heal. You're wrong, but you're still nice, I'm sure.
Of course, the entire weekend was not politics and debate. Mostly, it was good times and laughter and unique eateries and ice cream stands. I've stolen these pictures that a friend took of The Boss and I, as I have so few pictures of us just being us.

Tickle-tortue is fantastic therapy.



Blogger Novice said...

I never know why people think they change other people's minds. The best we can hope for in political debate is to have a better idea of where the opponent is coming from. I like political discussion, but only if people are really listening to each other. It is frustrating at times. This is why I stay far away from cable news commentators.

Except for The Daily Show and Stephen Colbert, because they are essentially silly.

I love those photos, Mella. Especially the one of you and the Boss. What is it about little kid laughter that's so wonderful?

Blogger Susanna Rose said...

I too hate the fact that most of the time, except perhaps in movies, debate does little to change minds but much to make people angry and aggressive. I've often thought to myself...if I could only change their minds on this or that...but it will never happen!:)

I too love your pictures and your little girl is growing up so much! She's such a cutie and looks just like you!

Just went through and caught up on your blog.

All I have to say is that your children are adorable. :)

Blogger TrappedInColorado said...

Yes. I either walk away when the topic turns to politics (and oft times, religion) or just nod and say that's a good point then change the subject. You are right. Minds are never changed. I hope your "bandages" have come off. Just try not to chase those thoughts.

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