Of Course I Have An Opinion!

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Does that surprise you?

This month I have been participating in a collective project at http://aopinionatedman.com, called Project O, about the importance of having an opinion and being free to express it. The blog posts have come from all over the world (look for my post in Article #111! – yes, that needed an exclamation point because I’m really excited about it, and throw in some smiley faces also), and it has been engrossing, to say the least.

While it is a serious subject and survey, I can’t help but chuckle at the amount of differing opinions first expressed at the dinner table with family. But isn’t that how it usually goes? One minute you are calmly talking about the new rail project or proposed tax hike, only to find yourself freely expressing how you felt the time your sister borrowed your new sweater to wear on her date with your ex-husband. This reminds your father to tell you about his newest conspiracy theories, while your granny posts pictures of her pot roast on Instagram.

Yelling is the only option by this point to get your what-you-know-is-right opinion across, but no one will hear you over the screams of your nephew, who has just fallen head first off his chair and split his lip open. Your mom can always be counted on to agree with your point of view, but she fainted at the sight of all that blood, and is of no use whatsoever.

Ahhh, good times…..Looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner.