Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Yes We Did

The hardest part of this election is the discovery that several of my family members are racist. It was difficult and painful to hear their jokes. To receive their texts. To listen to their excuses.

I know that it's rooted in fear. That when you've never been exposed to different cultures, different colors, different opinions it is difficult to to embrace the unknown.

I'm so happy that my children are excited and optimistic about our 44th President.

And my sheltered and narrow minded family, have yourself a heapin' helpin' of CHANGE.


Miss Grace said...

I am just floating above everything today. So excited. So happy.

mrs. blogoway said...

So excited today!!

I know what you mean about family. The negative remarks that I've heard have really hurt my feelings. I don't know why I take it personally, but I do.

stepping over the junk said...

Although mine aren't racist, I discovered that my mother, who is extremely religious and Christian and prays all day every day, thinks we should just nuke all the bad guys in the bad countries, which is why she wanted McCain.

Oh, but today, I am so so glad for what we got last night!

Tracee said...

Ditto That. Related to a few racists and bigots and big mouths. What gets me baffled is their complete lack of personal insight.

We actually have a friend married to an illegal alien (cause he's too cheap to fill out the form and send the $200) who thinks the entire health care problem is "illegal aliens." You mean YOU?

Then my Mormon relatives who are active and mad about Gays wanting to get married. Uh, weren't you for POLYGAMY? You see no parallels between unusual marriage arrangements?

Tricia said...

It really is so difficult when family members, people we grow up respecting, have such disappointing views. I've run into this with family, friends and colleagues over the years and probably should no longer be surprised, but I am...every time.

Minnesota Matron said...

My husband's side of the family is so racist that we left Thanksgiving dinner early last year -- I actually announced to the room that I was going to an Axis of Evil dessert party and therefore unavailable to them.

movin' down the road said...

I'm wearing my "another mama for obama" tshirt right now. WOOT!

Kelley said...

Ugh. Sounds like my MIL and BIL. MIL actually told my son "Palin is going to win." Huh?

BIL thinks the war in Iraq is justified b/c "they're next door to Iran."

And they both think Obama's middle name is reason enough not to vote for him.

We had our screaming match on Halloween. Can't wait til Thanksgiving for more family fun!

Catherine said...

Hi Nessa,

Am listening to Hairspray at work.

I think this election just goes to show the world:

"You can't stop the beat!"


Catherine, writing from Lubbock, Texas