It’s Like This By Bob Palmer

Where’s Patty?
Has anyone seen Patty?


I noticed she was missing a few weeks ago.


It dawned on me that I had not seen a post from her on Facebook for some time. She had not nuked one my posts with her friendly banter, or posted something that grabbed my attention.

Upon reflection, I determined I had not seen a post from her since a few months before the election.


Patty is a friend of long standing. Our daughters are the same age and went to school together. Patty is married to an Air Force officer and trots around the world as a service wife, although she, too, is an attorney. Since the daughters have since turned 40, we
must have known each other for a while.

The only thing I can think of, is Patty unfriended me because of the election.


If we are not poles apart, we do have our differences politically.


Patty is a rabid Democrat of the left-wing persuasion. I like to think of myself as a moderate. She also considers herself an atheist and my tire of my urgings to the contrary.

This past election was particularly difficult for Patty. Initially she supported Bernie Sanders. When that drive collapsed just before the convention, she was left with Hillary as a last recourse. She expressed disbelief I could vote for Trump.


When a war finally ends, as a rule, both sides exchange prisoners. The same should be true for our political divisions.


As one person put it, the election is over. The fat lady has sung and went home and ate a pizza. It’s time to bind up our nation’s wounds and move forward, to borrow a little phrasing from Abraham Lincoln. Or if you prefer a more contemporary image, putting a plastic vagina on your head and rioting in the streets doesn’t help a thing.


Let the elected jerks in Washington and the various state capitols act like fools. They do such a good job of it and they get paidto do it.


The rest of us need to chill and get about enjoying each other.


I sent Patty a friend request this week. I hope she accepts.


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