That’s What I’m Talkin’ About By Helena Handbasket
ou’re such a Pollyanna!” I’ve
wrong in everyone else’s lives. Really? Is
devil. She is a woman who is standing up
heard people say that to me
that who we have become? How petty!
for what she believes in, and isn’t that what
before. So it made me wonder, who the
First of all, if I decide to try to see the good
our country was built on? Just because she
hell was Pollyanna and why was she so
things in my life then I eventually can do just
doesn’t believe like I do doesn’t justify me
damn happy all the time? I mean, can
that. Celebrating our existence is so much
hating her—and truthfully, I don’t think she
anyone really always see the bright side
more fun than bitching about it. It is just like
hates us. She just doesn’t agree with us on
of things and stay positive all of the time?
anything else. If we practice being positive
things. The problem is that she isn’t doing
Well… the term Pollyanna is defined as “a
and looking for the good in our lives then we
her job. Do I think she should make every
naïve optimist who always expects people
will get in the habit of that. Of course we
attempt to make sure that no one that comes
to act decently, despite strong evidence to
all have our moments of sadness or disgust
to her office is denied any service that her
the contrary.” It comes from a character
(usually while sitting in front of the computer
office offers to anyone else? Of course. And
in the novel by Eleanor H. Porter and a
and browsing Facebook).
if she doesn’t, then she shouldn’t be there.
Disney movie by the same name, Pollyanna
I know the recent struggle in Rowan
But let’s not hate her because she believes
Whittier, a young orphan who goes to live
County has raised a lot of tempers and
differently than we do. If that is the case,
in Beldingsville, Vermont, with her wealthy
opinions and it has been very hard to find
it’s gonna get really ugly up in here. “I hate
but stern Aunt Polly. Pollyanna’s philosophy
anything positive in all of that. The first
you, bitch… because you believed the shoes
of life centers on what she calls “The Glad
positive thing I can do is not even put in
you have on were pretty and so you bought
Game,” an optimistic attitude she learned
the name of the person who has been at the
them and I believe they are the ugliest things
from her father. The game consists of finding
forefront of all of the controversy. But there
I’ve ever seen.” We disagree so I hate you.
something to be glad about in every situation.
was so much negativity flying around about
(Childish, don’t ya think?) Disagree… fine!
Okay, if you’ve been reading my column
it all that I just had to check out for a little
But don’t hate. Then will we be any better
then you know that I am often on my
bit. Should we bury our heads in the sand
than those that hate us for being who we are?
soap box about something and it is not
and pretend it away? Well, NO. That never
uncommon for me to be complaining about
works because as soon as you come up for
something that irritates me or bothers me in
air the problem is still there.
I sure had a lot to say about a subject that I wasn’t even going to mention her name.
some way. Often those involve something
People have lashed out at me for saying
So… do you hate me too because my
unfair or unjust that I want to address. Well
what I am about to share with you and I
opinion is different than yours? Well… I
this month I wanted to change that up a
really can’t believe I am putting it out there
hate that for ya!
little. We are so damn quick to talk about
in this article but… I would love to have the
(Send comments or suggestions to
everything that is wrong in our lives… and
opportunity to sit across the table from her
even worse, we talk about everything that is
and have a real conversation. She is not the
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