Children have a firm grasp on the obvious, even to the point of making up their own words and related definitions. For instance:

"Hani-tizer:" What our six-year-old calls hand sanitizer.

"Pencils actually come from Penn-syl-van-i-a!" (T-Rex, 4).
They have a keen ear for injustice:
"Get up and get your grandma outta here!" They all sing together in the truck, before pausing to debate exactly how KISS should publicly apologize to grandmas everywhere for being so disrespectful.
…and an inherent knack for calling out the ridiculous:
Last night over dinner, my husband shared, "I had an interesting time at pick up hockey tonight…the first social situation, ever, when I wasn’t sure what to do…"
We were mystified, namely, because he never admits to confusion. "What happened?" I asked.
"There was a girl in our locker room, getting ready to play."
"Was she dressed?" I asked, rather irritated.
"Yeah, well, mostly, but, it was weird. She was in there changing with her boyfriend. They were both playing hockey. She was the goalie…and pretty good."
"Was she one of those crazy transformers?" asked our twelve-year-old. "You know, the ones who can’t figure out what they want to be?" The hubby and I laughed after realizing that she meant "transgender". We later agreed that "transformer" was equally, if not a more accurate description.
"No sweetie," he replied. "It’s just that things have changed. People do what they want now. They don’t care if it makes others feel uncomfortable…even if they’re invading someone else’s personal privacy…"
"Well! No boys better try to change in my locker room at school! They’d get beat up by the girls!" she boomed. And I’m certain our twelve-year-old would be the first to insist she/him (shim?) leaves immediately.
Later that night I thought about what she said. What if one of my daughters come home and announce that boys who feel more comfortable changing with the girls are allowed to now. Would the same apply to girls who identify as males? How did we get here?
This week, there are related issues being discussed everywhere. Paypal is pulling 400 jobs from North Carolina because the people there seem to have the common sense notion that indoor plumbing is female and outdoor plumbing is male, thus, one must use the corresponding bathroom based on God-given anatomy.
Coke, Delta, and several other large corporations are also threatening to pull out of Georgia for a recently passed religious liberties law (HB757) that gives faith-based businesses in Georgia the right to refuse service to same sex couples.
Should private businesses be forced to serve? They are not government entities. These are private individuals with the right to religious freedoms under the First Amendment. I have personal experience with this issue and so have a tempered opinion.
Like many writers, I have had other jobs. Many years ago, I created an art piece for the Christmas season that included the Holy Family, that is, Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus.
A lesbian couple came into the gallery and loved my piece but asked me to recreate it with two "Mary" figures and baby Jesus to represent their two-mom family and young son.
I respectfully declined, citing that I created that piece to honor my faith and was not willing to tamper with that image for anyone. They were understanding and we parted peaceably.
However, if laws did not protect my right to not serve them, then I could have been sued for not altering a religious image that I created to suit their differing lifestyle and philosophies. It’s that simple.
As humans, we should of course be civil to one another, err on the side of smiles and goodwill. But that does not include having to change oneself to accommodate another. That is not tolerance, it is small-scale tyranny. Maybe even a micro aggression.
Worst part? The companies that bark the loudest at such legislation do business with countries that allow the public murder of citizens who are anything but rail-straight. Are progressive ideas only mandatory for Americans?
Last year we gave up Starbucks (with huge success!) and today I’ll be closing my Paypal account. If Coke caves then we’re going Pepsi, and if Delta leaves Georgia, then my husband’s extensive traveling will go to another airline.
Delta can keep their free drinks.
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