So those of you who are regulars on my personal blog already know that my family is insane. Oh, yes, they are and they know it. In fact, I might even go so far as to say they revel in their insanity.
When I saw this week’s topic was President’s Day and then read Daisy’s post about politics, I knew I had to dip my toe in the political pool. Not too deep, mind you, but enough to share my family’s…peculiarities about politics. The majority of my family is conservative. Okay, so 99.9% of my family is conservative. That 1% is my cousin who’s a very liberal…well, liberal.
I’ve mentioned on my personal blog how my family adores picking on each other over past embarrassments, but their second most favorite pastime is debating. It can be anything from politics, to religion, to who has the best doughnuts. It doesn’t matter what it is, they’re going to debate about it. Now, to most outsiders, it sounds like a fight, but it isn’t.
My cousin, the 1% liberal, likes to stir up debates about everything. It’s in our blood, so it shouldn’t be any surprise that she has no problem taking on 20 conservatives at once with one simple sentence. I can’t remember what she said now, but I will say that debate turned into one that has gone down in the family history books.
I’m proud of her because she doesn’t back down from anything. She staunchly supports her beliefs and we respect her for that. She has no problem being caught in the crosshairs and yes, sometimes if things get a bit heavy, I might even point her out…
but there’s no harm in it. If there’s one thing my family has taught me, it’s that you can be yourself with them no matter what. Yes, they will pick on you and torment you until you’re in your coffin (and they’ll probably make fun of you at your funeral), but they will accept you for who you are. We respect people who think for themselves and form their own opinions. I think that’s something a lot of people could use.
How about your family? Are there lines you can’t cross to avoid a war?