I have a great relationship with my kids. They are married, have beautiful healthy families, love their spouses, and are financially responsible. But one is a raving liberal and the other is so conservative that he believes all is lost so why bother to even vote. We’re a family that allows, even encourages, civil dissent. We are loving and caring and our gatherings are not marred by a variety of social, economic and religious choosings. I’m proud of that.
Yet, as I age, I find that I am also deeply concerned that these are the very tolerances that are undermining the foundation of promise that America offers. It’s not just the fate of the nation that worries me; these are the people who will make decisions about my life and care.
My charming, beautiful, educated daughter, who is a great wife and mother spouts the line that abortion and euthanasia are acceptable choices. And, my son who is active in the community, a successful small businessman, and equally wonderful husband and dad invests in food storage and ammunition for what he believes to be the coming fall of America.
They got to work daily, have friends, mortgages, soccer, etc. – but there is this underlying rejection of main stream – the very main stream that in which their father and I worked to provide for their welfare and education. It’s gone unsaid, but I’ve gotten to the point that I’m not really comfortable with putting my fate in either of their hands…or even leaving to them the remainder of what their Dad and I worked for. Is anybody else struggling with this?