February 10, 2008

Hope for the Future

Posted in family, food, transgender at 7:22 am by Michael

Last night, Peri, John, Anh and I went to Blue Ginger in Bellevue for Korean BBQ. (The make-it-yourself kind). It’s my birthday next week, and this was a pseudo-birthday dinner.

The food was pretty good – the best thing that we had was the diced beef Bulgogi style – cooked a little crispy (not like me in the hotel last week!).

Anyway, yesterday was the caucus in Washington State, and we were talking about the election with the kids.

John said “I would vote for the person who would cut taxes!”.

I said: “Well John, I think thats an important issue too, but you know there are some candidates that don’t believe that we should be allowed to be a family. I think that’s probably the most important issue for me this time.”

Peri virtually jumped out of her skin:

“YOU ARE KIDDING ME! NO WAY!”

If she knew how to say “Frigging” or the other less polite F word, it would have come out.

“Yes, Peri, thats true.”

“THAT IS TOTALLY REDICULOUS!”

John then pipes in, with a really angry look on his face:

“Thats stupid. Thinking that should be against the law.”

John hops to thought-police mode pretty quickly sometimes. Anh was going to get them both Animal Farm to read, but hey, he’s seven.

Peri is now totally incensed, and wants some details.

“Who would think such a thing?”

“Well, Mike Huckabee for one, and Mitt Romney too.”

(Huckabee’s own page on this point is here, which includes this little bon mot – I’m not making this up:

What’s the point of keeping the terrorists at bay in the Middle East if we can’t keep decline and decadence at bay here at home?

Dammit Anh! We are letting the terrorists win!)

(Here’s what Romney had to say to Bill O’Reilly

It’s as commonsensical as one can imagine, because you have a child that’s able to determine from each parent the attributes of that gender, and by virtue of doing so is able to determine their own sexuality and the relationship with members of the opposite sex.

Ah, so Romney believes that being Gay is a choice…. interesting. Which ties directly into use of words as well – “commonsensical”, which is defined as:

“practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like”

Hmm… so what he’s saying is that people who really haven’t researched the issues, or are not experts in the area would have this opinion. Brilliant Governor! Brilliant!) 

Peri: “Well, I hope NOBODY would vote for them, ever.”

Me too Peri, Me too.

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3 Comments »

  1. Stephanie said,

    Congratulations on raising two wonderful kids!

    Wouldn’t it be great if all parents raised their kids with this kind of philosophy about acceptance and diversity?

    Stephanie

  2. Kris said,

    Being a resident from Arkansas, home of Mike Huckabee, all I can say is apologies all around. That man is so ridiculous and unfortunately that is most of the locals’ thoughts on anyone who isn’t a “god-fearing Christian”. I must admit, that in my younger days, I too was stupid and narrow minded, but thankfully, I obtained some sense of reasoning and logic. It doesn’t MATTER what a couple’s sexuality is, as long as they love each other.

    It’s wonderful to hear that your kids have the mentality that they have at such a young age. I think that is one of the best things I’ve heard all day. Thanks Megan and Anh and Peri and John and even little Samwich for renewing my faith in humanity that there ARE people out there with common sense in their heads.

  3. Laurel said,

    I haven’t posted before, so I’d like to start by thanking you Megan, for this blog. The more those of us who don’t directly experience this hear about the perspective of one going through all of this, the more it will lessen fear and rejection based on ignorance.

    An interesting point about Animal Farm. When our daughters were 9 and 10 my ex-hubby and I were doing a lot of work on our house getting it ready to sell. We checked a number of books on tape out of the library to listen to while we painted, etc, to keep from getting bored. These included all of the Hitchhiker’s Guide series, as well as 1984, Animal Farm, and a number of others. We assumed the girls were too young to understand them and that they wouldn’t even listen to them, but we were wrong! They both still love and quote the Hitchhiker’s guide. A great surprise is that they both learned quite a bit from Animal Farm. They asked many surprisingly insightful questions about it, launching some interesting discussions.


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