Friday, July 17, 2009

Respecting Elders

I don't know why I find it so hard sometimes, but it's hard being respectful to my elders. My grandparents wonder why I'm so quiet, and it's because I don't want to start an argument with them over politics or the news.

We just disagree on everything. And since they have lived over more than half a century longer than I have, it is more pragmatic to stay silent.

In my mind I think: Ignorant, Conservative, Old Fashioned, Ill Informed!

But I bite my tongue. It's really not cool to get into a verbal debate with the elderly, especially when they have sleep Apnea, and have to watch their oxygen levels. So every evening for the news, I just tune them, and what ever conservative southern network they've tuned to, OUT. It's better to not listen to their comments lest something slips through my already gritted teeth.

My grandmother, when viewing the Burka situation in France applauded President Sarkozy and said, "Good! We don't need those things hiding them. What are they trying to hide under those things?"

Sometimes I just don't think she understands me, and the changing and going times. I enjoy talking to her about history, and America when she was growing up, but when it comes to world issues today, it's like she doesn't see both sides. It's aggravating, but I'm just going to keep on ignoring it, and keep on avoiding those subjects. SHE THINKS OBAMA IS A MUSLIM. Ok, I said it. Sorry, I had to get that out. She doesn't even say follower of Islam, she says Muslim or Arab, which is so politically incorrect...

OK, I'm going to let it go. Although, I will not let the fact that ALL socialism is bad. Without some socialism there would be no medicare/medicade and public schooling.

I think I'm going to quit this post while I'm ahead. My grandma is awesome, and I love her, but we just disagree. A lot.


  1. "I think I'm going to quit this post while I'm ahead. My grandma is awesome, and I love her, but we just disagree. A lot."

    I have the EXACT same problem. I love her to bits, but we just disagree about so much :(

  2. This is pretty much how I feel about my stepdad... Except I don't really love him. His ignorance pisses me off too much. It's difficult to deal with, but at least you are still able to find your grandma awesome and have a good relationship with her.