When I married someone in the military, I figured I would be amongst people more conservative than I am. After all, I was a product of a liberal, liberal arts college as well as a geology major from a school in Colorado. I am a hippie in Gap jeans. And I was right, though I had no idea the extent of it. I would open my mouth at parties and if it were about most political issues, people would just drop their jaws and stare at me. Then, they would swing their eyes over to John and look at him as if to say, "You know this about her? And you married her? On purpose?"
I was almost always the only "blue" in a sea of "red." Every once in a while I would meet someone who sympathized with me and we would huddle over our drinks at the Officer's Club and laugh ourselves silly, thrilled to find a kindred spirit.
Then, when I heard we were moving to Maryland, I did a little jig. I was moving to a blue state! Hallelujah! For once, my vote might count.
Tonight at our neighborhood playgroup the talk turned to the inauguration and I said I watched every second of it. And some others said they did too. And I started feeling my hopes rise. Until someone said they would just sit back and watch and hope it wasn't as bad as they think its going to be. And, everyone nodded sympathetically. And I died a little inside.
Again, I was the only one.
Apparently I live in the "reddest" neighborhood in a "red" county of the state.
My sister says I "look like a Republican." And I certainly live a very conservative lifestyle. I mean, I married young, I live in the the 'burbs and drive an SUV and, oh, I don't know.....sometimes I wear pearls? Or something? I'm not an urban hipster, or a commune-dweller type. I am a very traditional person. I just have political views that are democratic. And I recycle like a mofo.
So, now I'm feeling all introspective. Am I somehow attracted to people who think differently than I did? Hell, I married one (though, I must say he is more open-minded than I am.) Has it all been circumstantial? Or am I doing this subconsciously?
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