Sunday, October 4, 2009

Volunteerism Doesn't Equal Common Sense

People are passionate about politics. They want to get out there and make a difference. I get it.

Here's what I don't get:

NATUI-clan is walking a local street festival this weekend. Smiling Volunteer Lady from a nearby booth approaches. Holding balloons, she smiles at my children How about a balloon!?

My kids lean forward in anticipation.

Oh! I say, the kids would love that!

Smiling Volunteer Lady hands my daughter a balloon. And walks away. With the other balloon in her hand.

My son, completely crestfallen, stared after her as I bore flaming hot daggers into her back.

I was hormonal enough to turn this into an international incident which is precisely why we made the decision to walk away. I did not trust myself to behave in a manner appropriate to the company of my children. We made the best of the situation and told the kids they would have to share. But seriously, who the fuck approaches a stroller with two children and only gives one of them a balloon?

A Republican volunteer, apparently.


Not Afraid to Use It said...

Yeah, yeah. I love my Republican friends almost as much as I love all my other friends, so don't bitch about that last sentence. ;)

Titanium said...

Hey! The last sentence was the best! :)

Patois said...

Stupid cow. Stupid Republican cow.

Joe said...

Last year, at our county fair, a lady tried giving me a happy-face sticker. "Oh," I thought, "little 4 month old Tyler will love this!"

She grabbed my hand and held it and started asking me how I was going to secure my place in heaven. I gave the sticker back and walked away. She tried the same thing this year, but I knew better. Instead, we got a ballon from the dude running for sherriff.

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

Wow. People are just... wow.

Republican or no, I wouldn't have been able to walk away.


Not Afraid to Use It said...

@Titanium: :)

@Patois: It's not often a comment has me burst aloud with laughter. Well done.

@Joe: I LOVE that. Beware the sticker lady.

@CMGD: I didn't actually realize he was the Republican candidate until we got home, and I looked him up. It was hard not to be a bit gleeful typing this post. :) I'm sure I would have found something equally damning about any other party.

A Free Man said...

People are assholes. Republican people, well, let's just leave it unsaid.

expatswede said...

Who does that? What an idiot.

Krishanna said...

Evidently, a dumbass. What a shithead.