Now you may have noticed that despite having threatened to do so when I first started this blog, my forays into the discussion of politics have been fairly minimal. There are a number of reasons for this: 1) I have a number of friends from various stages in my life who *gasp* aren’t liberals. Shocking, I know. And while I may disagree (often strongly, and occasionally vociferously) with their beliefs on any number of topics, I respect that their experiences and priorities/values have led them to different conclusions than mine have led me. Besides to be perfectly honest (because, you know, apparently I wasn’t being honest before), I find as I get older that I’m just not interested in getting into fights – or even loud disagreements – with people anymore. I’m not going to change your mind. You aren’t going to change mine. And frankly, my memory is crap so I usually forget all the great statistics I’ve read that back up my position. So there.
This is part four in a four-plus-part series on Baby Girl. To start at the beginning, click here. This one has the silver lining – I promise.
In the 1950s, Edward R. Murrow hosted a radio series entitled, “This I Believe,” a series of essays by famous, infamous and common people about the “guiding principles by which they lived their life.” In 2004, the series was revived, and from 2005-2009, essays were regularly aired on National Public Radio. While they are no longer aired on NPR, essays are still accepted and broadcast on The Bob Edwards Show and in podcasts.
I’ve always been fascinated by the This I Believe series, in the same way that I love the StoryCorps series that still runs on NPR. But until this event, I didn’t feel I had a driving event that compelled me to encapsulate any of my beliefs.
Let me preface this by saying this is an intensely personal story about an extremely explosive topic. I’m not trying to pick a fight. I’m not even really trying to make a political statement, though I recognize that it may be taken that way. I am certainly not trying to offend anyone. I just want to add our story to a discussion that’s recently been sparked by one family’s story. It’s a long story, so I’ll detail it in a short series. Continue reading