Wednesday, January 16, 2013

"Be brave", she said to herself.

At the end of the day, I stopped by the antique mall where I sell at.....I was in the area for my day job & needed a moment of no drama, stress free. I was going to add a few things to my booth & fluff it a bit. The mall was preparing to close & the owner had just arrived to do a bit of work himself. We both stand on opposite ends of the political & even social landscape but have learned to get along just fine. But today he was loaded for bear....and there I stood, a liberal. He unleashed on me such vitriol. At first I just stood my ground, attempting a rational debate, perhaps even a heated conversation. But he was loaded for bear and assumed I wanted to take away his rifle.

Now, if you know me, really know will know I do stand to the left of center and have very strong opinion on many things. However, I often temper my thoughts, carefully groom what I will say to not offend anyone. I do it every day in my work life, leaving my beliefs generally at the office door....only bringing them forward if coerced to do so.

But today, the gloves came off and I said to myself, "be brave". And the words flowed like a river. And I felt better because I was me, and I stood up for what I believe in. See I am an educator of 33 years, a parent of 25 years...and a strong, independent woman. Yes I love my farm! Yes I love my animals! Yes I love to decorate my home with pieces of the past! And Yes I have an opinion! I am all these things. And, no one, no one can believe that their voice is louder then mine.

When I arrived home tonight, I cried & cried. I have such fear for the bravery of our President. If vitriol is addressed at me, what must he carry on his shoulders. And when I lifted my head I saw two sights.....a bench and a roll of barbed wire. We all have a choice: to sit down and talk through the big issues facing us or to pull out the barbed wire and prepare just to fight. I for one am ready for either......I will be brave.


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Barb said...

I'm so proud of you! We will have to be brave for each other.

Barb said...

I hope you are having a better day. When I reread your post today and I saw your statement that "he was loaded for bear" I smiled a bit because you became a Mama Bear and they don't take nothin' from nobody!!!!! :O) Blessings.

Cheryl in Wisconsin said...

I firmly believe that a vast majority of this country's people agree with the president's actions. However, if we remain silent we can be overrun by the zealots. Time to speak up. Good work, Kari.

Kari from Meadowview Farm said...

Thank you sweet Marie, Barb & Cheryl.
I just don't understand sometimes why people need to provoke others.
Today we work at the aforementioned mall........bringing my battle gear!

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