No, really... honest. If you've read my blog for any length of time, you may remember I meet my dear friends (and former neighbors) Sheila and Suzie at different ethnic restaurants that serve spicy food once every few months.
Suzie and I ran into each other on election day at the health food store, where hubby had to purchase a couple items on their day old people get a discount. That would be my husband and not Suzie or me... but I digress.
We counted on our fingers how many in each of our family voted Republican vs. how many in Sheila's family voted Democrat. Otherwise known as "how many of each other's votes did we cancel out this year".
Sheila and her family are very dear to us and they always will be. Christopher is their gentile son and I'm pretty darn fond of her boys, too. We each know where the other stands as far as politics and religion but we rarely talk about such things.
Friendships are always more important than being right or wrong... or "Left" or "Right".
Instead we talk about how much each others kids have grown and the exorbitant cost of college. Sheila has FOUR kids in college since her oldest just returned to go to law school at Harvard and Suzie has a few in college, too. Makes me not feel so bad having just one in college right now.
In our many years of friendship, I have never whipped out the Four Spiritual Laws to Sheila's family, or quoted Isaiah 53, or even John 3:16. No, I hope I live my life in such a way that if and when any of my non-Christian friends want to know more about the Lord of my life, they know they are free to talk to me at any time. I'm sure the pictures on my walls, the books on my shelves, the music I listen to, and I hope the love I share... all point to the fact that I am a follower of Jesus.
Now, neither of our husbands are the quiet sort so we have to gently remind them at times (duct tape works) that we do not discuss religion or politics... especially politics... with good friends.
Our culture was different when we were growing up and even into our very young adult years. There wasn't such a difference between Democrats and Republicans. We voted Independent and even Democratic most of the time until Reagan when both hubby and I became full fledged Republicans. I still miss the Gipper. Now there was a Republican and a true Conservative.
But then again, we all pretty much looked alike and sounded alike. Christopher's best friends are Christian, Jewish, and Hindu. I don't think I knew where India was when I was a child. As I stated yesterday, I am very proud that we have reached a place in this country where the color of one's skin does not keep him out of the presidency.
For my friends who are not conservative and cannot comprehend why we would be aghast at an Obama presidency... think of how you felt four years ago when Bush was reelected. Yeah, remember that pit in your tummy feeling?
On a side note, I welcome those of you passing through from my friend Jewel's lovely blog (and that woman HAS to get another camera!).
Only dear Jewels can call me a pig and make it sound so sweet. :)
Picture: Christopher and David (Sheila's boy)... best friends then and now