unknownfate: (gunslinger)
[personal profile] unknownfate
Ok. So the Fourth of July in a rural area may not be the best time for sensitive discourse and thoughtful behavior. But.
I was invited to a get-together by some sweet people. They have gone out of their way to be good to me. I know things have been hard on them the past few months and I haven’t been there because I’ve been fighting off my own nervous breakdown. They invited me over for a BBQ and fireworks and I was glad to go.



I ended up part of a volleyball game where a bystander chanted “White Power!” (The fact that I was playing volleyball should tell you that the conversation at the table had gotten too awkward for me. I am not athletic or competitive.) I’m hoping it was a joke, but even if it was it was in poor taste.

Another bystander pretended to have Downs Syndrome to make fun of anyone who flubbed a volley. That went on way too long.

There was also a man who kept switching from stories about people he knew who came to Jesus at his advice, the plot against his life when he was a judge (is he still a judge? I don’t know.), how much money he made a doctor by being in a testimonial for a treatment, and how much he enjoyed punishing people. He was very proud that he once ruined a man’s life for not referring to the flag as respectfully as he wanted. (That’s when I decided volleyball couldn’t be as bad as I remembered from high school gym class and slunk off.)

It was really uncomfortable and I felt bad for not saying what I should’ve said, but I didn’t want to make things any more difficult for the hostess who didn't look happy to be dealing with it anyway. I couldn’t leave since I had promised to see their fireworks they were so proud of. I had to wait until dark at least.



So I decided to be the one to talk to about cute, gentle things. I interrupted conversations to talk about the Old Friends Dog Sanctuary. I talked about my aunt who makes the best banana pudding ever. I made myself obnoxious talking about how I used to live where I could see the Northern Lights and wouldn’t it be cool if we could see St. Elmo’s Fire, but fireflies and fireworks were nice too. I don't know if it helped anybody but me.
From:
Anonymous( )Anonymous This account has disabled anonymous posting.
OpenID( )OpenID You can comment on this post while signed in with an account from many other sites, once you have confirmed your email address. Sign in using OpenID.
User
Account name:
Password:
If you don't have an account you can create one now.
Subject:
HTML doesn't work in the subject.

Message:

 
Notice: This account is set to log the IP addresses of everyone who comments.
Links will be displayed as unclickable URLs to help prevent spam.

Profile

unknownfate: (Default)
unknownfate

July 2017

S M T W T F S
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819 202122
23242526272829
3031     

Style Credit

Page generated Jul. 25th, 2017 04:49 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags

Most Popular Tags