Walk on by – I’m on Facebook. I block anyone who posts ugly, nasty stuff. It’s my happy place. This week there was a bunch of stuff that happened in my happy places. Maybe it’s a reflection of what’s going on in the country. There were no filters. People were mean. My policy is not to argue but to “walk on by.” I seem to be alone.
“I never post this kind of thing” – That’s how one person started, then they proceeded to post the meanest meme I’ve seen in a while. It wasn’t funny no matter what side you were on. I wanted to respond with “so why did you?” but instead I walked on by (resolving to block if I see another one like that).
My beloved cat place – I’m in a cat group. It’s full of wonderful pictures and stories and feel good stuff. There have been kerfuffles in the past because cat people are passionate. Indoor-outdoor, grain free food or not, rescues or pedigrees. Really passionate. Periodically the administrator has to post that this is not the forum for those kinds of
arguments discussions. This week there were two kerfuffles. I missed the first one as the post was taken down before I saw it. I saw the second post. A woman wanted to start her arthritic cat on CBD oil. She was looking for people with this experience. This is not an unusual treatment in many areas. Holy cow. Comments ranged from the end of the world apocalypse to the supportive. Seriously folks? This is legal in her state. It won’t make her cat a stoner. You don’t like it? Walk on by.
Then it invaded the ancestry group – I’m also part of an ancestry research group. It’s very helpful especially with record translations which come in three languages (none of which are English). This week I learned that “gypsy” is a derogatory word. The proper word is Romani people. They were a minority in the area and as I found out, treated very poorly. One woman was seeking information as one of her ancestors married one. They are noted differently in the official records so it’s confusing. She initially used the “g” word and all hell broke loose. Intense vitriol! I don’t know when we lost the art of being kind in explaining things like this to people who don’t know. I now know a lot about this culture and so does the poor person who posted the first comment. I almost named my cat that. Yikes!
Under the covers – I’ve spent the rest of the week figuratively “under the covers” avoiding anything remotely controversial (you know like liquid soap versus bar soap or single-ply toilet paper versus two-ply). I don’t know when I’m coming out.
So how was your week?