Goodness me, it’s a new day in America, isn’t it?
How’ve you been coping with either your immense joy or your severe depression, or are you enjoying that “I didn’t vote because I don’t care” ambivalence?
Are you dreading the upcoming winter holidays because you’ve got friends or family on the “other side” of these divisive political and social issues, and there’s sure to be heat?
I don’t have a family and I love spending the holidays alone so, for my weird self, everything is super clean and simple, but for normal people, it’s just a huge challenge to find a way through what, even in good times, is an emotionally charged, difficult to navigate holiday season.
How about this.
Let’s back off of broad assumptions for now and work on realizing that the good people you know who voted for the candidate you didn’t are more like you than not. They’d help you if you needed it. They look just like friends of yours, maybe they look just like you. They want the same things you want. They work hard. They try their best. They believe as much in their candidate as you do in yours.
To help you enjoy the holidays, practice saying:
“thanks for letting me know how you feel, isn’t the pie delicious?”
“only time will tell how this turns out and I know we’re all hoping for the best”
“I’m needed in the kitchen, will you please excuse me?”
To help you enjoy the holidays, avoid saying:
“He’s going to start a war and it’s going to be your fault”
“America is the laughing stock of the world, happy now?”
“Mike Pence for President”
For more help in preparing for holiday interaction with “them” read this and this and this, which contains the gem “If he continued, she would hold her hand up, making a peace sign and signaling for him to stop.”
This Thanksgiving as you gather with loved ones, some of whom will surely be on the other side, here’s hoping you have the grace and decorum to flash that peace sign, excuse yourself and get busy in the kitchen or better yet, out in the yard where you can more easily enjoy the crisp air and marvel at the enormous sky as the world continues, as the world does, to spin.
Happy Thanksgiving, y’all.
PS I knew Trump would win.
UPDATE A day later: PPS A reader wrote that they thought my PS was snarky, and they were disappointed in me for that.
Combination of “snide” and “remark”. Sarcastic comment(s).
Also snarky (adj.) and snarkily (adv.)
“Your boundless ineptitude is astounding,” she snarkily declared.
If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of when I do engage for counter/correction/calling bullshit, you know the difference between what I meant by my PS and how I present when I have something counter to express. The opposite of passive aggressive/snark – I have a long consistent history of pragmatically addressing controversial subjects, keeping personalities completely out of it and strictly adhering to the facts as established scientifically by experts outside the unregulated, unsafe Pilates industry. I’m known for being direct, clear and absent personalization.
My PS illustrates the limitations of writing short.
So everybody, are we clear on this? If not, please give me another shot at cleaning it up.