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Soap-boxing and mouth-shutting

My heart is weighed heavily right now about big things:

Parenting, marriage, politics, the church.

And how it’s all wrapped up together.

I have strong opinions on most things in life – always have.

But I realize opinions must be carefully shared.

Sometimes social media (public broadcasting at our fingertips) tempts us into soapboxing before we really know what we’re soap-boxing about (or why).


This is why I’m being quiet for the moment, even on things I feel passionate about.

Because it’s not just about the speaker, it’s about the hearer.

And sometimes words just aren’t good enough to convey.



Q for you: Are you voicing your opinions publicly about the “hot issues” of today? Why? (Or why not?)



p.s. Have you noticed I missed two days this last week? Yeah, 3500 birth kits have kept me busy. Last night I realized I hadn’t written here as my head was hitting the pillow. Wisdom told me to skip “discipline”, and even be relaxed about it, so I did.


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The help: Stirring it up

I finally caught up with the rest of America and saw The Help tonight.

Loved it.

End of review.

I’m sure you felt like me as I watched it – amazed, outraged, embarrassed at how we’ve treated people. (Sick to my stomach.)

It’s easy to sit here now and criticize the behavior of the women profiled in the movie, and yet to them… it was normal. It was expected.

It’s easy to read and watch and hear stories of hte holocaust and feel disgusted at those too. Or Rwanda. Or the Native Americans. Or the Kemer Rouge.  Or… you get it.

We ask ourselves, how could people live like that? Treating other people as less than human?

How could they sleep at night?

And yet history has repeated itself over and over and over.

It makes me wonder what i’m immune to about my own culture now that’s wrong?

What will my children, my grandchildren, look back on my generation and say “I can’t believe they…”

Human trafficking? Corporal punishment? Euthanasia? Gay marriage? Abortion? The war on terror? Asian sweatshops funded by large Western companies? Immigration issues?

Some may get ruffled that I’ve put some of htose issues in the same sentence…. But I can’t please everyone.

And really, who knows what our children and grandchildren will think?

I just hope I have the courage to stand up for what I believe in my heart to be right, whether it goes against my cultural norm or no.t



Q for you: Have you seen The Help? (Or read the book?) What did it stir up for you??




Click Clink Five is a blog by Adriel Booker. | Five minutes a day, unedited. | 2012 All rights reserved. | Adriel also writes on parenting and motherhood at The Mommyhood Memos.