Kind of off-topic, but I struggle a bit with the fact that I’m an Old Dad. I don’t feel weird about it, but I know people perceive me that way. I try to look on the bright side: hey I’m ten years younger than George Clooney and thirty years younger than Mick Jagger! But of course I’m no Clooney or Jagger.
To the other topic, having been raised Christian in the south, I know that it’s shaped who I am. And whenever I go back to visit family, it’s clearly a big factor in the life of my extended family, which is a little funny because quite a few of them didn’t give a damn either way growing up. But at the risk of derailing the thread even further, a lot of my disconnect with them can be laid at the feet of Donald Fucking Trump.
I’ll lay it out here - I have an deep and intense aversion to all things Trump. I realize I’m taking no personal risk writing that here, nor am I outside the norm saying that. What I want to express here is that I find my depth of feeling a bit disturbing. I hate that he wants to gold plate everything he owns. I hate that he can eat a taco bowl and think that puts him in touch with hispanics. And I really hate that can say “I’m a Christian now” while expressing absolutely no indication of any such values in his life, and he’s just accepted wholeheartedly by the Christian community.
This disturbs me, and there’s no one I can talk to about it. Not my family, they think he’s great. I mean my family down south. My wife hates him too, but seems to be able to compartmentalize better than I can. My kids were taking about Trump around election time, and I’ve tried to tell them to be fair. Other parents aren’t doing so, and my son came home telling me that Trump wanted to kill Canadians. A misunderstanding, to be sure, but I don’t want my kids carrying that burden. Not yet.
But I’m getting far afield from the topic - I may not be Christian but I agree with some of its tenets. You’ve got to be able to forgive, as much for your own peace of mind as that of the person who has wronged you. And I’m a long way from being able to forgive here. Oh well, pardon me for using this thread as therapy.