July 30, 2013
I am fed up with being the "cognitive minority" in my community and family, both of which are staunchly conservative. I look forward to being able to discuss issues without fear of attack or blame for everything wrong with this country. My husband and one friend are the only people with whom I share my true feelings (even though my husband is conservative), but the vast majority of conversations with others are just opportunities for them to stomp on and trample people and viewpoints that are important to me. It always comes up somehow--something controversial--even though I try to dodge such topics like I would dodge a punch to the eye. I long to be around others who support my beliefs, to know that I am not alone. I need the strength of numbers and I hope this group will also provide lasting friendships. I can't claim to have many; there are very few people in my life who do not judge or criticize the "liberal left," cutting me down in the process. That 's not friendship.
weekday lunches, weekends
I am excited just reading the above sentence! YES!
I will be interested in hosting events in Roanoke. My husband and I are just now moving to Roanoke from a male-dominated, sexist, racist, and extremely conservative town that I can't live in any longer. Talk about unhealthy person-environment fit . . . I have felt so isolated and ostracized here in this town for the last two years (and this is also the town in which I grew up). I finally told my husband that I couldn't live here anymore, that the place was killing me from the inside out. Wonderful man that he is, he agreed that we would leave. Trying to start this meet-up group in that town would be like the experience in the late '50s of introducing black students to an all-white school in the deep south. But I would be willing to host in Roanoke, which is certainly more progressive than my hometown. However, I do want a month or two to become established in my new home and within this group before I take on the task of hosting meet-ups.
I am a stay-at-home mother of one and wife of a rare, prize-winning catch of a husband. I am searching for my purpose in life, trying to become more involved in issues that matter to me. I am a dabbling college student and budding social activist.