In the U.S., today is Thanksgiving. It is a day for...
• Family members to travel far and wide to see each other for the first time in months or years
• Remembering, and celebrating, family members who've passed on; and
• Openly stating thanks for all the gifts and blessings of life
It is NOT a day for...
• Convincing your dad that Trump is an abomination
• Scaring your In-Laws with tales of immigrating invaders, or
• Threatening to cut-off all contact with the sister you cannot believe voted Republican
Some tips for avoiding political warfare today:
1. If you're the host, be brave enough to send out a group text: "Hey everyone! We cannot wait to see you all today. One rule for today: Bring your appetites! But leave your politics behind. Like the dance-off in Grease, I will tap you on the shoulder if you start to engage in political discussion (and if I'm the one who starts politicizing, please point it out to everyone and then punch me in the face.)"
2. If you're a guest, use your presence more than your voice. If someone begins to engage in political discussion, quickly say, "Will you excuse me?" and simply walk to another room. No apologies needed.
3. If you're tempted to bring up politics yourself, or you feel triggered by the asinine statement of your cousin, pause by pinching yourself on the top of your hand. This is a reminder you have thick skin, and can handle anything,
(I would tell you who I got that "thick skin" reminder from, but the mere mention of the person's name would violate all of the above. Reply to this email if you really want to know.)
Happy Thanksgiving!! (I'm thankful to all of you, who've followed me and ScreamFree through the years. Next week starts a new era around here, and I'm excited to share it all with you. Stay tuned!)