Despite the fact I have a graduate degree in political science, I am not one to get into political arguments. I figure people will believe what they believe and there's no point in me wasting my time trying to convince them that I am right and they are wrong. Too each their own unless it hurts me or my family.
That is part of the reason I was SO DISGUSTED today as we drove by a large truck with HUGE photos of aborted fetuses all over it. It was obviously carrying the anti-abortion message, but in an excruciatingly graphic manner. I just don't think this kind of thing is necessary and I found it very offensive.
The reason I got so upset is because the babe pointed at the truck as I tried to speed by it and started asking questions about it. "Mama, did you see that truck?" she said. "What was that?" As she was talking, I realized the truck was only the beginning. There were about 15 people on the side of the road with very large posters of aborted fetuses at various stages of development. The light ahead turned red and I was stuck.
I was panicking. Somehow, the babe was managing to look at me and not at all these crazy people on her side of the car (I had switched to the furthest lane possible at this point). I tried to keep her attention on my side of the car so she wouldn't clue into what was going on outside our windows.
I wimped out and told her I hadn't noticed the truck and asked her what she had seen (I was trying to assess the damage that had been done in her little brain). She told me she thought is was pictures of a toy bug or something. I made the "hmmmmm" sound and said that perhaps she was right. The light turned green and I sped off as fast as I could.
I felt like my children and I had somehow been abused. It was just not right to have such large and disturbing images out in the open like that. I almost rolled down my window to yell something like "I have children in the car, you freaks," but held myself back. I didn't want to make matters worse for my innocent little babes.
I suppose this is all part of living in a free society, but this subject matter is not something I want my children exposed to right now. I'm just grateful the situation turned out as well as it did. The babe could have noticed a lot more and could have had a lot more questions running through her very active mind.