November 10, 2012 by hookershorde
November 6th, 2012 – Polarizing
On Sunday, the next great love of my life, a man I should’ve fallen for nine years ago, told me, “One of the most beautiful things about you, is also the most difficult. You are strong. You make a difference. You are polarizing.”
I laughed. I laughed because even at 42, I can’t accept a compliment. I laughed because he was sincere. He meant what he said.
“Everyone,” he continued, “has an opinion about you. There’s no middle ground. People either love you, or they don’t.”
po-lar-ize: divide or cause to divide into two sharply contrasting groups or sets of opinions or belief
To be clear, I’m a Democrat.
Polls opened for early voting on Tuesday, October 23rd. After teaching all day, I walked the dogs, and then went to my polling place.
I voted to move forward with my President, Barack Obama.
I voted for Senator Orrin Hatch, a Republican.
Locally, I voted for and supported Republican candidates. I was, promptly, threatened and chastised by a democratic candidate for the school board. The mean-spirited, vicious and threatening rhetoric from my local Democratic party has been hurtful and demoralizing.
My demoralization led to my polarization.
I hope he’s right.
I hope that, while I may evoke strong opinions, I do make a difference.