Friday, November 9, 2012

Humble Pie...again

Those folks who have been around BLR for a while know that I try very hard to maintain a politics-free zone on my blogs.  I'm not about to change that, but I do have a story to relate that I will try very hard to do from a neutral position...

Monday, one of my Facebook friends posted a little friendly reminder to folks not to wear any politically-themed attire to the polls, as we are not allowed in the polling places visibly supporting any one candidate or issue.

I had a sudden idea of a way to beat that, taken from the ties the candidates wore at the last debate, and just decided I would dress for the day in the color associated with my choice.  Subtle support.

I thought it was funny and sharp, and I did point out to two or three friends how sly I was in expressing my preference.  There my have been just a touch of pride involved in my outwitting of the rules.

Then the election coverage started; I wasn't home to watch it but my elder son The Artist, who was one of the folks I'd told of my sly cleverness, was.  I got a text from him. "Mom...that color thing.  You're wearing the wrong color."

I was sure I was not.  Did they switch??

Nope.  Turns out I had totally mixed it up and was absolutely, positively backwards.

That's a big dose of humble pie right there, let me tell you.

And a pretty big reminder that whenever I set out to prove my personal wit and superior thinking, God always manages to remind me that without Him involved I will ALWAYS mess it up.  Even on something as simple as picking a color. 


  1. Diana in Northern CaliforniaNovember 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    I've enjoyed reading your blog for a few years, but don't think I've ever commented. I generally find your posts thoughtful and thought-provoking, and look forward to new posts. I appreciate the care you took to keep this post politically neutral. I find myself with a question about the post, though I don't know if you can answer it while maintaining that neutrality (and I understand if you cannot). The question is: why did you want a way to "beat" the requirement of neutrality in the polling place?

    Thanks again for the time and consideration you use while writing this blog. Your readers benefit.

  2. Lol, Diana, I think I was just feeling snarky that day and thought I'd make my own little statement. It just occurred to me that I could take a stand without being obvious.

    And you know what...I forgot to take the little 'I voted!' sticker off of my sweater coat before I washed it, so now I'm picking teeny sticky bits of paper off of it...

    So, yeah. Next time I'm wearing purple. ;-)

    1. Diana in Northern CaliforniaNovember 12, 2012 at 6:08 PM

      Ah yes, the ill-fated (at least in *my* life) make a statement. If you escaped with just a laundry mishap, I count you fortunate - lol! Purple next time, indeed. Thanks for answering :-)