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We had my stepson and his wife and daughter over for a cookout this afternoon to celebrate Father’s Day. I make it a point not to bring up politics during our family get-togethers, as they are committed Lefties of the unreasoning type. My wife and son-in-law seem to have independently adopted a similar approach; peace in the family and all that. My daughter-in-law, however, can be a fly in the ointment at times. Whether she is oblivious (quite possible) or intentionally provocative (also quite possible) I can’t be sure, but it often feels like she is poking the proverbial bear in hopes of drawing a reaction. The rest of us are generally pretty disciplined, however, peace in the family and all that… which often leaves daughter-in-law sermonizing for a few minutes until one of us manages to change the subject.
Today’s sermon had daughter-in-law extolling the wisdom of children. She related how it is her habit to ask their 9-year old daughter for her opinions on things like trans issues and gay rights and so on. The daughter-in-law explained how valuable kids’ input is because “they are purer and haven’t been polluted by society.” Though it was harder than usual, I managed to hold my tongue… peace in the family and all that… and stop myself from saying: That “pollution” you’re talking about is what most people call experience, knowledge, and wisdom, and maybe we shouldn’t be looking to children, who have none of those things, for guidance on complex issues.
Thanks for letting me say to you what I didn’t say to her… peace in the family and all that. <grumble>Published in