I have an odd assortment of friends and acquaintances, and it is ever more apparent to me as I read the variety of posts from friends on Twitter and Facebook.
I have attachment parenting friends, cloth diapering friends, Christian friends, liberal friends, libertarian friends, far right wing friends and far out friends. Some are republican, some democrat, some are Gemini and some couldn’t care less. I have dared post on political things only once, and I sort of hedged my bets by not stating my position clearly.
I often steer clear of issues because I know one or another of my readers, possibly even my friends, will balk or be surprised or will try to argue me out of my beliefs, or someone will hurl insults and I’m just a damn lousy catcher.
But I’m kind of tired of pretending to be nothing, or something that will make everyone happy, and I’ve decided to let the record straight on some stuff that I’ve been too awkward proud to admit.
For what it’s worth:
1. I sometimes feed my kids McDonald’s.
2. I grocery shop at Walmart. Often.
3. I have spanked my children. By accident. Once. Okay, those last two things are lies, but it was only in desperation and I never imagined I could ever do that. I’m ashamed of it, because I believe it shows an unwillingness to find a better, more compassionate way of doing things. It shows impatience and laziness on my part. But I did it.
4. I am a Libertarian. Straight up, yo. I want the government to have as little to do with me as possible. ”Establish justice and provide for the common defense” is pretty much where I draw the line.
5. I belong to all kinds of birth advocacy groups and almost everyone in them believes that government funded health care is the way to go. I completely disagree. I’m pretty sure School House Rock didn’t sing about health care (see above quote).
6. I believe in taking care of the people around you so the government doesn’t have to provide charity at the point of a loaded tax gun, but I also believe in personal responsibility.
7. I believe this list is getting way too serious, so I’ll throw in a knock knock joke. You start.
8. I believe in medication for mental problems. Lots of it. But not for everybody. Just for me.
9. I co-sleep with my two sons. Their mattress is on the floor beside our bed, but they always end up with us. Sometimes we play musical beds and if one of us gets too crowded we go to the little bed. I really want to get rid of our furniture and just put mattresses all over the floor, but the huz won’t let me.
11. I don’t recycle glass and metal.
There, I said it. Let the onslaught of vicious, opinionated people begin.