Has Political Correctness Made Us Overly Sensitive?

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Real Estate Broker with Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

Yesterday was Mother's Day.  I'm have no kids, so I've never had anyone acknowledge this day as anything special to me.  Yesterday, however, I was acknowledged by two friends.  One out of state, and my neighbor. 

My neighbor knew that my husband and I have been on a strict, MSG and glutamate free, diet.  It's for health reasons for my husband, and I lovingly follow the same restrictions while in the house.  I made mention to my neighbor that the thing I missed most was Mac 'n Cheese.  She remembered this and baked up a dish of homemade Mac 'n Cheese for me and wished me a Happy Women's Day. 

My out of state friend sent me a text message wishing me a Happy Mother's Day.  This morning, when I called to thank the out of state friend for the message, she immediately started with, "I owe you an apology."  I couldn't imagine for what, but then she said, "I remembered after you sent that message that you don't have any kids and I thought you might be mad."

You've got to be joking.  Me?  Be upset over anyone wishing me a Happy Mother's Day?

I think that political correctness has just gotten to be too much.  Let's start with my neighbor.  Women's Day?  It's Mother's Day.  And YES.  It's okay to wish me a Happy Mother's Day.  It makes me smile.  Why?  Even though I have no kids, I find myself in a mothering role with different folks at different times.  And them wishing me a Happy Mother's Day tells me they appreciate that nurturing part of me.

This reminds me of the whole Happy Holidays being substituted for Merry Christmas.  Heaven forbid someone who doesn't celebrate Christmas be offended.  I'm got news for you.  I celebrate Christmas, but if you wished me a Happy Hanukkah I would be thrilled.  You cared enough to wish me HAPPINESS.  Isn't that what really matters?

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Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker- Licensed in Virginia, GRI, SFR, Northern Virginia Short Sale Specialist. Affiliated with Long & Foster, 7526 Limestone Drive, Gainesville, VA 20155.  To contact Chris Ann, call 703-402-0037 or email chrisann@LNF.com.  Or you can visit her website:  www.nvarealestate.net.

Header photos taken by Chris Ann Cleland.

The opinions expressed in this post are those of Chris Ann Cleland, not those of Long & Foster REALTORS®.

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Chris Ann

Great take on the absurdity of how much we worry over things. I agree about happiness.

 

May 10, 2010 11:19 PM
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Hello Chris - I think too many people walk on eggshells these days.  As William says above, it's gotten out of hand.  Have a great day.

May 11, 2010 08:11 AM
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Tamara:  Throw any holiday in, as long as you are wishing me happiness.

William:  That's an entire weeklong discussion.  I totally agree.

Trey:  Seems the absurd has become the norm.

Andy:  Political correctness is the one of the worst things that ever happened in our society.

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I love how you wrote, "You cared enough to wish me HAPPINESS."

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Bob:  That's how I feel about it.  Wish me a Happy anything. 

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