So, I may or may not have caused a little controversy yesterday with a post that was on my blog for a number of hours. I took the post down, but I am going to repost the content now because it is a big pet peeve of mine when someone posts about dirty laundry and are all ambiguous, no naming names, etc. Here is what I wrote and I own up to it.
As I often do, I shared a conversation I shared with my 5 year old daughter, who I refer to as Last But Not Least due to her spunk. It was titled "Jesus and the clothes line" and here is what it said:
Last But Not Least: Mom, remember when Jesus was on the clothes line?
Me: Er, it wasn't a clothes line, it was a CROSS.
LBNL: Oh yah! Right! Anyways, wanna know the funniest part about that?
Me: I am not sure there was anything particularly funny about it....
LBNL: Well, he was NAKED, except for a leaf on his front bum, but his back bum was all bare, and THAT is where the farts come out!!!
I received a number of the usual comments, sharing a laugh over the crazy things kids say. But one was offended that I found this funny. Carole from Nebraska was a no-reply blogger so I could not email her directly to discuss. And I felt badly. I certainly did not mean to offend anyone. If it was your first time to my blog and read this, not knowing ME at all, I can see how one might not know how to take this. But, if you tune in even semi-regularly, I HOPE that you would know that I would never, ever intentionally disrespect, belittle or ridicule anyone's beliefs, culture, background...anything. It's not how I roll.
This story was a sweet interaction between me and my daughter. She is FIVE. She is full of questions and curiosity. I encourage her and my other children to talk to me about anything. Sometimes it is awkward. Sometimes inappropriate. But I strive to always make them feel that anything they have to say is valid and worth listening to. LBNL is a sweet, caring kid who will only say "hi" and not "hello" because "Hello has "hell" in it, and that's a swear word." I love the way her mind works. And while we are not a particularly religious family, we do encourage dialogue about religion and answer as best as we are able. And the way I see it is this: Jesus was a HUMAN, who was said to die on the cross for our sins. He had human thoughts, human imperfections, and human body functions, including farts. Isn't his humanity what makes helps us to relate to Him, to feel closer to Him? And that is why I did not think what I was sharing was offensive. I am sorry if you disagree.
Blogging for me is a diary of sorts. Something to look back on, to remember the things I made, the people I shared them with. It is peppered with stories about my family life. I have made so many dear friends from blogging, and I think that is in large part because I am open, I share a part of myself with you and I love the interaction with people from all over the world. I don't do it for any other purpose. The number of followers is so arbitrary for me; so many read who don't follow, and so many follow but never pop by at all. There are blogs out there written by talented witty people with no following and many that have a legion of followers and I have NO clue why. I am not trying to use my blog to market or sell anything. It is just one of many ways I share and interact in the world, and journal a bit about my life. And I will continue to do so, just as I have. Thanks for reading.
Have a spectacular Tuesday :)