I was the baby of the family and so by the time it
got down to me, the eighth, the parents were pretty tired. I used to sit
and watch TV a lot with my parents, lying on their bed with them (they had a TV
in their bedroom), the news and talk shows and such and even Lawrence
Welk. I miss that time with them. Dad's cigar smoke wafted
through the room (I know, some would now be gagging)...
Do you know I never knew who they voted for though
we watched all the news? In the family I was raised in, this was
considered a "personal" matter. Some may consider that strange and that it
impinges on healthy dialogue. To me it freed me to be true to myself and
not my parents' wishes.
I have yet to see healthy dialogue about politics,
except one I had this past month with a guy who was a conflicted independent not
knowing who to vote for in this election. It's that inquisitiveness that I
really liked in talking with him, he truly wanted to dialogue and not
Barbers and professors, and I have been both,
should listen with inquisitiveness instead of diatribe, IMHO. But I think
I am in the vast minority on this opinion. Oh well...
My dad considered himself an independent and my mom who survives him
still votes that way. Even though I lean a little left of my parents I would
love to go back to Joe the barber's even though I don't think he is
cutting hair and I am living 2300 miles away.
I don't think the list is a barber shop but if I could get a good #0 (the
clippers without an attachment) in a tiny hotbed of conservatism, we young and
old altimers can survive a little post election banter.