Thursday, October 25, 2012
Mr. Smith Talks Like Washington
Me: Your candidate or his running mate are in town and made my commute back from the orthodontist this afternoon TERRIBLE!
Him: It was Romney. He was at Worthington Industries today.
Me: We just happened to be able to inch off the highway to get on the other highway and lucked out that it was only closed going the other direction. So we were only stuck an extra 20 minutes.
Him: I'd rather my commute time go up a few times a year because of my candidate than my taxes go up (which they already have) because of yours.
Me: [Much laughter] And there's your political slogan, my dear. You're ready for office!
For the record, this is the most politically charged conversation we have had maybe ever. Early on in our marriage it was very clear that we did not lean in the same political directions. We respect one another enough to not try to argue our positions. If pressed, we can both calmly explain why we make the choices we make. I know that Todd is very thoughtful in all of his decisions, so I don't feel the need to try to think for him. I'm not sure if that's why he doesn't try to change me, or if it's just because he knows how stubborn I am. ;)
It always surprises me when others are surprised that we vote on things differently and that we are okay as a couple. It never even occurred to me that politics might be a problem in a relationship. Perhaps another one of the advantages of marrying young before you really know anything about the world. Whatever the reason, our home is a calm port in the face of the political tempest that brews outside our door this time of year. I'm grateful for the very large part Todd plays in making it so.