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I don’t always have to agree with what you say
for us to be friends. Trust me, it’s okay
to have different opinions, tastes and thoughts.
(Eat your hot dogs; I’m from Wisconsin. We eat brats).
Pro-life, pro choice, gun control, school prayer,
Liberal or conservative–does it matter? Who cares?
That’s you and this is me.
Why do we have to agree?
What’s offensive, disrespectful and really uncool
is to ridicule my ideas and make me feel like a fool.
We are different people, you and me,
so sometimes we have to agree to disagree.
Do you listen? Do you think of others? Are you kind?
Do you get the facts before making up your mind?
Do you think before speaking? Do you help those in need?
Can you laugh for hours at nothing? Do you try to do good deeds?
That’s what’s important, the only thing that matters in the end.
Not your politics or taste in food, but whether you’re a friend.
(C) Sara Ackerman 2016