Sunday, March 07, 2010

Who Knew?

Who knew that a tee shirt could cause such a stir?
Let me explain.

Tiny and I went to my new fav, absolutely awesome store Rue 21. (It's probably been around for forever, and I'm likely just late in discovering it, but hey...that's me.) So, we were taking our time, checking out everything in the store and just being girly. They have $2 and $5 sale racks of clothes that I always hit first and then the accessory display of sale items. And I decided that it was time to get myself some cute tee shirts. Now, I have tee shirts, but they usually all fall under two categories.....nice ones that have been ruined by stains or are thaaaaat close to not fitting anymore....or the "cleaning house, don't care how I look" tee shirts. So, I found two that I liked.
The first was a Beatles shirt that has their images and "Let it Be" on it, black and white, simple and cute, extra long. Now, the second, is the "I *heart* Barack" one you see above. I thought it was great...and true. I love this president. Say what you will, how you feel, what you think...but when I see and hear him, I feel hope, I see change, and I expect more from, not only him, but myself. So, I love this shirt. I posted a pic of it on my facebook and asked on my status if people thought it would cause a stir if I wore it to church today. (Note: We attend a well known church where the majority are firm, very conservative Republicans.) I'm not a rabble-rouser, but I thought it would be interesting. After posting that, I got a wide range of responses. Here are a few:

Not to the others who voted for him too...LOL

I will wear mine if you wear yours!

Seriously? You have an "I love Barack" t-shirt? And you would wear it in public? Brave woman!!!

Either way, I'm going to find you, then find it, then put it through the shredder. ;)

My response: You can try, but you'll never succeed! And I will continue to wear it proudly.

'round these parts wearing that shirt could get you a few stares, some unappreciated comments, or a punch in the gut. Not a favorite person here! Brave, brave woman! Wouldn't be caught in the shirt myself. (note: This person currently resides in Alaska.)

Oh. My. Gosh. I hope you did! I just about died laughing at this..

My response: Didn't wear the shirt to church, you respect the reverence, but I threw it on as soon as I got home. Wearing it loud and proud.

Lol! I would have given you a high five at church if you did!

I can't believe you own a shirt like that and on top of it your willing to ware it:(

My response: I do and I am.

It was amazing the broad spectrum of responses. I enjoyed it. Sometimes it's hard to be a political minority in a wide sea of opposition to my views. Sometimes, someone will be verbally bashing the President, carrying on, not realizing that I might not share the same views and feelings, even if we are attending the same church or live by the same standards and morals. But, I am glad that we live in a place that we can all decide how to believe, support, and live. I'm thankful for it. And you know who we can thank for that? Yep, thank a soldier.

1 comment:

Heidi said...

Loved this post. And love the shirt.

You've got such a great sense of humor about it all. I can't believe the strong reactions people have to a t-shirt....I get that it's about the President, but it's your opinion and your t-shirt. You'd think people would just leave it at that.

Keep wearing it, I say. :)