November 16, 2008

Mamacita nails it

One of my fave edu-bloggers writes the following:

I love it when people wish me well in whatever way their particular beliefs phrase it. When people wish me well, who am I to get all huffy and indignant and insulted, just because someone wished me well in the language of another culture? Iím HONORED! I thank people when they wish me well. What difference does it make how it was phrased? Quite honestly? People who are insulted and angered when somebody smiles and wishes them well, just because it was done in an unfamiliar way, well, I consider such people to be nasty prissy joy-bashers who really, really need to get a life and pay attention to the world. It ainít all about YOU, ya know.

Please! Wish me a Happy Kwanzaa, or a Happy Hannukah, or Seasonís Greetings, or Merry Christmas, or Happy Christmas, or Joyous Santa Lucia Day, or Happy Winter Solstice, or Merry Las Posadas, or Happy Holidays, or Blessed Christmas, or Happy Winter Thick Fur-Growing Squirrel Preparations. I love it. Thank you! Thank you, for including me, with your greeting, in your plans for celebration and happiness! I havenít got a clue what some of your greetings might mean, but since when was THAT important? I just think itís nice that you shared.

Pretty soon we'll be reading about stories of the easily offended who had the "misfortune" of passing by a "Merry Christmas" sign at the local Wal-Mart, or of "having" to view a menorah in Rodney Square, or of "having" to listen about Kwaanza in a social studies classroom. And to these folks I say "Grow the f*** up and get off your freakin' high horse." As Mamacita says, "it ain't all about YOU." All these season's wishes/symbols are positive, for heaven's sake; they're wishing upon you happiness and joy.

How 'bout thanking someone who sends whatever holiday wishes your way instead of yammering something like "I don't celebrate THAT!" at them. °Quite ese palo de su culo!

Posted by Hube at November 16, 2008 09:52 AM | TrackBack

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Agreed. Just as I wouldn't expect people getting angry when I say, "I'll be keeping you and your family in my thoughts" rather than "I'll pray for you", I won't get angry if someone wishes me a Happy Hanukkah or Merry Yule, or whatever.

Plain as can be, someone is wishing you well, and you should be appreciative of that.

Posted by: Joe M at November 16, 2008 10:16 AM

I hear 'ya, Joe. Who could reasonably object to "I'll be keeping you and your family in my thoughts"? But I know they're out there!

Posted by: Hube at November 16, 2008 10:23 AM

Would that we all wore that same mantle...and also goes for those who assume offence at someone offering them a prayer, God Bless or God speed. It's a kindness coming from another's heart...plain and simple. We could all just appreciate than another cares, not what they...or we...believe.

Posted by: Nancy Cleveland at November 16, 2008 11:09 AM

What about Festivus!?

Oh the humanity!

Posted by: Duffy at November 17, 2008 08:56 AM