Thursday, September 4, 2008

Thank you, Gloria

As Sophie and I drove home from her violin lesson yesterday, we tuned into NPR to hear Mitt Romney spewing his characteristic intolerance and ignorance. Sophie wanted to know what we were listening to. I told her. "The John McCain guys??" Yes. The other team. "Well, that SUCKS!" To which I responded "First of all, as we have discussed, I really don't like you using 'sucks' in that way. It is crude and does not make you sound like the smart person you are. Second, even though we disagree with people, we can listen to what they say with respect."

So there I was listening to Rudy Giuliani later that evening while practically convulsing with loathing and sobbing "He is evil! He is bad! Make him stop!!!" And of course it got worse as the evening wore on. Being a good example is hard.

But thank you, Gloria Steinem for aiding my recovery from last night's viewing by putting it in perspective. You're right.

7 comments:

KSK said...

I agree with you and am impressed at your composure in teaching your daughter tolerance (even for the difficult-to-tolerate ;)!!

The Food Librarian said...

Rock on!

A. said...

I'm 30 and my mom still gives me a disapproving look when I say "sucks."

BTW, I admire the fact that you got through last night's speech. I just couldn't do it.

kristenspina said...

Thanks for the link. I'm passing it along as well. Well-done.

Belle in Bloom said...

Thanks for sharing. I've passed the article onto my entire family. Beautifully said. :)
I agree with a. Good grief. What little respect I ever had for him is gone. BTW, good for you for teaching Sophie tolerance. (Even though I totally agree with her!It does suck.) Have a great day!

The Preppy Peach said...

When people ask me if I was inspired by Sara Palin's speech (I live in a very small town in the DEEEEEEP South), I can confiedently answer - Yes.

Yes, I was inspired to contribute my monthly restaurant budget to the Obama campaign. I will savor every bite of ham and cheese knowing I'm fighting those who seek to destroy the very freedoms here at home that we're supposedly fighting for in Iraq!!

Angelina said...

I'm so happy I didn't hear the speech.

In an effort to use other swear words less I have resorted to "sucks" A LOT. Unfortunately Max likes to say it too. It isn't a swear word, but you're right, it really is coarse. Considering the vocabulary I have at my fingertips you'd think I could come up with better words for emphasis.

So there's still hope? Please tell me there's hope for those of us who would like to see McCain and his ilk shrivel up like slugs in the sun...