[QUOTE=Jamie McDaniel]Hi Zerbie!
First, since you needed a little encouragement, I thought "Hummmm... what interests Zerbie? Oh yeah, plush bunnies and activism." So here's something to help keep ya' going
Jamie, you remembered about plush bunnies!!! Omigosh, the Energizer Bunny?!??!! I squealed out loud when I saw that!! Wow!
What can I say? With encouragement like that, I'm definitely staying in for the long haul!!!!
Second, I was wondering about the employee at the grocery. When he said he signed the petition, what was his attitude? Did he project an attitude like, "Yeah, we conservative Christians are protecting marriage." Or was it more like, "Yeah, I signed the petition cause my church sort'a wanted us to."[/QUOT
Okay, to answer your question, this guy strikes me as kinda unintelligent and weird. I've seen him all year, and honestly, he makes me uncomfortable in general - always chatting about weird things (like his teeth), etc. So it made me doubly nervous yesterday. His attitude at the time was along the lines of your second option above, like he just signed the petition because it appeared at church, "it was a church thing" he said. But he's expressed dislike for same-sex relationships before too, so maybe it's really both. Yech!
Funny - there is a cashier working there who gave me a sick-to-the-stomach look when she asked about a button I was wearing and I told her it meant I support same-sex marriage, and she was nervous about touching my groceries after that. !!! But I have no trouble going back and getting in her line again and chatting with her about the weather. But this bag dude makes me very uncomfortable, so I'm thinking I might just switch grocery stores. He seemed to believe I should agree with the petition, so I think he's reading my propaganda all backwards, like he thinks I'm anti-gay, rather than "one 'a them militant homaseckshuls."
My husband said I should have asked what church he was at that circulated the petition, since we live in an 80% Mormon neighborhood, and it's against Mormon church law to circulate political petitions at their churches. He said if it was a Mormon church doing this, he would have complained to the officials in Salt Lake and they would throw all the petitions out.
So now I'm angry at myself for not pursuing a discussion with this grocery bagger, but to be even more open with you than I was yesterday, I started feeling intimidated so I backed down and just got out of the store as fast as I could, without really "going there." I felt too afraid - and that happened a few weeks ago also at the hairdresser, when the subject started to come up and I found out my hairdresser is one of those people who won't watch Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings movies because they have witchcraft in them, and therefore come from Satan. So I really didn't want to go there with gay rights - and then, this thing at the grocery store. I feel like such a pathetic little wimp!
Thanks for all the encouragement, both of you.
And Jamie, all I can say is, with the Energizer Bunny working with us, we're bound to overcome given enough time!