Friday, May 20, 2016

Are we Republicans or Democrats?

"Mom...  are we Republicans or Democrats?"

I looked up to see my teenage daughter, scrolling through her phone, but with an expectant look that waited for my answer.

I thought for a moment about what to say. "We aren't either. Your political beliefs get to be your own... and what I believe could even be different from what Dad does.  Yours don't have to be mine. That's kind of the beauty of it."

Her wrinkled nose told me that she wanted the easy answer, and maybe not so much the true one.

"Look," I said. "I don't think it's my job to tell you what your beliefs should be. I think it's my job to help you find what they are -- and to teach you to have the compassion and kindness to be able to understand why someone else might believe differently, and to not be cruel to them because of it."

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