Tuesday, November 25, 2008
No Way No "How?"
Yesterday, the LA Times reported a fracas outside a public elementary school in Claremont, CA, involving a disagreement about whether kindergartners should participate in a Thanksgiving celebration featuring Native American and Pilgrim costumes.
One faction of parents was offended by the politically incorrect costumes. The second group was offended that the first group was offended. The Superintendent received hate emails over this. And little kindergartners ran around playing at the feet of the wackos while it was all going down.
Get this quote from the article: The protesters were evenly split between parents who supported the costumes and parents who opposed the outfits, and their discussion grew so heated that school officials called police, who separated the protesters on separate sidewalks, said Lt. Dennis Smith of the Claremont Police Department.
Well, you know, that just takes the cake. Or perhaps the pecan pie. I mean, we may have to cancel all of Thanksgiving if we can't get along, people.
I, for one, am not ready to throw out the Under Dog balloon of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with the bath water. There is still hope.
Why can't we just look past our politically incorrect brown paper grocery sack vests, our construction paper headdresses and 1994 acid wash jeans, shake hands and say, "How! How can I ever tell you how many helpings of stuffing I plan to have?"
And once we put the past behind us, we can all sit at the grown up table together. Won't that be a proud moment?!