LA CENTER, Wash. — I affirmed something I knew long before today.
We attended a birthday party at my sister’s home in Washington state. The back yard was filled with family members and friends of my sister and her husband.
All of us had a grand time.
One of the party attendees happened to be a second cousin of mine. We disagree mightily on our respective world views, not to mention our political choices. He has expressed his “love” and admiration for Donald J. Trump; I have expressed, well, something vastly different.
The affirmation dealt with how love of family and friends supersedes politics. At all times!
My second cousin is serving in the U.S. Army. He has been deployed to the Middle East to participate in our nation’s war on terror. He challenges my blog posts on occasion. Every so often I’ll respond to his criticism. He gets fired up. My cousin is an intense young man, so perhaps we all can expect his emotions at times to get the better of him.
Today, though, we set aside all those differences. We sat at the same table and talked about, oh let’s see … family matters. We talked about his family, about our family; we shared some international travel experiences. He gave us a bit of history on how Greek soldiers’ attire came to be.
What’s the lesson here? Life does not revolve solely around politics. The love of family and friends goes far deeper than any political differences any of them might experience. Indeed, I have many friends with whom I have severe disagreements — but I still love them; I hope they feel the same way toward me.
So it went today in a rural Washington back yard. We came together to enjoy some barbecue and beverages with close and extended family.
We love them all … even those with whom we disagree politically.