Relax, America. It’s OK to talk to your neighbors again. I have proof that we are not as hopelessly and irretrievably different from one another as our recent political differences would suggest.
What is this proof?
“Michigan roads suck.”
That’s one of the indisputable comments this past week from readers all over the state when I asked for things that unite us rather than divide us.
Another was this from Workingdad: “We can all agree that the 2018 Detroit Tigers would require an intervention from God in order to (make) the playoffs.”
I actually disagree with this one. I don’t even think God could fix this wretched bunch. But you see what I’m getting at. We human beings may have different political and religious views, but we are 90 percent alike on just about everything else, and I think it’s high time we started remembering that.
It’s safe to say most of agree on:
“Homemade food on a picnic in the park.” – Barb N.
“Garden tomatoes in August. Good car mechanics. A 5-year all-clear cancer report.” – Suze.
“Kindness. We all want some kindness. Give a little, you get back a lot.” – Jean.
“Sleeping on sheets dried in the sun, that first cup of coffee in the morning, running out of school on the last day, paying off a loan.” – Shelley C.
“Watching our children grow into successful adults and marry great spouses that give us beautiful grandchildren.” – Jim P.
“Family eating dinner together at the table, at every opportunity.” – Allen P.
“Marvin Gaye’s music, Van Morrison’s, Ella Fitzgerald’s … and brownies.” – Tom.
“Beach fires, and fall colors in da Yoop. And puppies.” – John M.
“The laughter of a baby.” – Beth R.
“If you wish to persuade people, the worst way to do it is by attacking them and calling them names.” – Gary F.
“The feeling you get listening to a child sing. And hot buttered popcorn!” – Sue S.
“Mid-day naps, family couch cuddles.” – Catherine T.
“Good neighbors.” – Jennifer M.
“Hugs.” – Julie P.
“Ice cream, a good book and great music.” – James W.
“A good night’s sleep, a good doctor’s report, an A on a paper or exam, a call from your son or daughter, holding hands, a cool breeze on a warm day, a finished project, comfortable shoes, a kiss, a surprising check, finding something that was missing.” – Susan H.
“A sunrise that brings the promise of a possible new day.” – Dale R.
“A quiet trail through the woods. The sound of singing birds in the morning. Friends.” – Dennis W.
“Pineapple chunks, soaked in coconut rum. Jumping in the lake after running down the dock. I’m 50+ years old and I still love that feeling!” – Lisa W.
“The first time someone cuts the grass and there’s a baseball game on the radio (think Ernie)”- Lynn F.
“A deep laugh that makes you cry.” – Laura B.
I’ll add a final one myself: Most of us agree on the wonderfulness of the Beatles. And the Beatles said, “All you need is love.”
OK, and maybe a little perspective. After all, only a few things divide us. But millions unite us.
Let’s try to keep that in mind moving forward, shall we?