Upstate New York is in the midst of a beautiful hot summer. And as I have been awaiting this weather since about, oh, I don't know...January...I have been taking full advantage of it. Hence why I have been MIA since last week.
Last Thursday I took the day off from work, grabbed the kiddos, some of their friends, a picnic lunch, a couple of books, and headed off to the beach where I proceeded to lay like a slug for over three hours. While dozing off and on for a little while I kept pondering an e-mail I received a week or so ago that kinda shook me...for about half a second.
You see, when I posted my steadfast belief of love conquering all coming to fruition here in New York, I had a follower (or, shall I say, previous follower) send me an e-mail explaining why they were no longer following me and the maniacal observations of my world. It seems there was incredulous disbelief that I could tout myself as a Catholic and could even entertain being a Catechist if I condone same-sex marriage. According to the email, I should brace myself as I could find myself spending an eternity down south where the heat is intense...and I ain't talkin' Florida. I'll be sure to pack my sunscreen...
Of course, when I read the e-mail it freaked me out...as if someone was standing right in my den taking me to task. I haven't been attacked by someone who doesn't know me (or even anyone who does) since I sat on our school board (that's a story for another time when copious amounts of wine have been consumed.) I am more of the self-deprecating-make-fun-of-myself-doesn't-take-a-whole-heckuvalot-too-seriously type of gal. However, after reading this I turned V off and went to bed.
So back to the beach...after catching up on my Vitamin D and pondering the situation in both my head and my heart, I came to a few more truths:
* When Christ died on the cross, it wasn't just for middle-class heterosexual married people who pay their bills on time and don't eat meat. He sacrificed His life for all of us...so who are we to judge one another?
* I used to think I was a liberal. However, I have a friend who I really enjoy talking with who makes me turn my thinking inside out. So I will try live by the Golden Rule rather than a liberal, conservative, democratic or republican rule. I figure if I treat everyone else the way I want to be treated I will be in good shape and will never have to affiliate with any party.
* If you live in America, you should pay your fair-share of taxes. I am tired of hearing "tax the rich" because...well...when I win my Pulitzer the movie offers are going to come flooding in and I will be rolling in dough. Ergo, I will want everyone to do their fair share instead of over-taxing me so I can be the next Bill Gates of philanthropy.
* As far as not being a good Catholic, all I can say is let he without sin cast the first stone. But I must warn you...it can really hurt when the rocks hit your own glass house.
* Lastly, I don't care how old one gets, sand in your crack will always be a nuisance.
So armed with these truths, I leave you with this AWESOME song because it would have been utterly cruel to post a title such as this and not give you the tune. So turn it up, ponder your truths, and be careful of the sand. Like people and their opinions, it has a way of creeping into places you least expect.