Nothing like a little humor to lighten things up...especially when fast food becomes political! As I usually focus my attentions here to parenting teens and toddlers, I will keep my comments within the confines of that particular niche.
Parenting involves teachable moments and today provided an excellent one for our family as we drove to the local mall to support one of our favorite fast food chains. We were all excited at the sight of the huge line and gladly waited about a half hour to enjoy our various chicken entrees. We marveled at the sea of Chick-fil-A bags on tables throughout the food court as previous customers enjoyed their lunch while we salivated eagerly, and patiently, in the long line.
This allowed us time to talk a little about the current controversy, with each other and fellow Chick-fil-A supporters. I was proud to take a portion of my day to show my support for free enterprise and freedom of speech that supports traditional Christian values.
As a Christian, my values are insulted on a daily basis in music, movies, TV, magazines...you name it. My kids are constantly bombarded with things in the world that I do not believe, nor am I encouraging them to believe. This is one reason why we have our children in a private Christian school. I am much more comfortable sending them to a school that I know will support what I have been teaching my children at home. This is an important part of parenting ...teaching our kids!
Despite the fact that I feel that what I believe is attacked on a regular basis in our country, I also believe that this is the best country in the world! Here in the United States I am not physically hurt, blacklisted or imprisoned for my Christian beliefs. I am free to believe what I want, to teach my kids what I believe and to voice my beliefs in the public arena. Here in America, you are free to believe what you want, teach your kids what you want and to voice your beliefs as well. Here in the land of the free and the home of the brave, we can safely hold differing beliefs!
I am thankful that I can also choose which businesses I want to support or not, which movies to watch or not, which entertainers to listen to or not. Most of the time I put aside the political views of the establishments, artists, writers, actors, etc. and just enjoy their contribution to society. Today I decided to show my support for a business who happens to hold to similar views and took the opportunity to teach a little poli-sci at the food court!