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Breaking bread with the "enemy"

I swore I wasn't gonna write anything on Chik-Fil-A, but this post really isn't about that.

I am so disheartened by the level of animosity, distrust, meanness and unkindness that is now so pervasive in our American culture. I support traditional, Biblical marriage. I don't hate gay people. I understand that lots of people hate the Catholic Church, and therefore, hate people in the Catholic Church. I still wanna invite them over for dinner.

I hope - and this is just me - that I will always, always, always be willing to sit down and have a meal with someone I don't agree with. I hope that we can enjoy each other's company, find common ground, express our differences of opinion, share our stories and our souls a bit.  Gandhi said to be the change you want to see in the world. So, I'm not gonna boycott, I'm not gonna hate or call people evil, I'm not gonna protest and hold a sign by the side of the road.

I will continue to speak the truth, and I will invite you over for dinner. I'm a good cook, and a good listener. I hope to be the change I want to see in the world.

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Crossing Guard

I saw you
today
as you guided
your little man across that busy street.

You were wearing some
big man boots
and
watching cars and lights.

Your little man had on
black sneakers and
a Mickey Mouse hat
that bounced
as he walked.

He wasn't watching nothing but
your big man boots
and
the white stripes of the crosswalk.

Just before
he got to the sidewalk again,
his step bounced a bit
- he hopped over
a spot where the asphalt broke.

You turned to look,
holding out a hand to
your little man.
Not rushed or angry,
just making sure
he got up
on that sidewalk.

Then you walked on,
in your big man boots,
face into a cold Michigan wind,
with the little man behind,
his hat bouncing.