A Day in the Life

Homeschooling and Medieval Living

Martin Luther King Day

on January 21, 2013

-From the Daily Compass:

“Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.”

–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, what will you do that is creatively maladjusted?

I must admit, I had to look this one up. I even attended church services this morning that centered around this very topic and I still had to look it up. According to wiki.answers.com, it means “Those who are different, step forward, and think in creative ways, make a difference in the world. If we had no creatively maladjusted people, we would never move forward in the world.” As one church member put it “be the change you want to see in the world”. Everyone was asked what they were going to do today that was “creatively maladjusted”.  I really could not think of anything. Many were saying that they were going to do things such as help the poor or work for social injustice. Sadly, I had nothing like that. The only thing I did today was to treat everyone fairly. I do not look at a person’s race, creed, or sexual orientation. I only see a person. I work with all types of people. They all have one thing in common.  All the couriers who work with me are men. I am the only female courier. Now, guys will be guys. Some are gentlemen and some are not. I have tried so hard to fit in. I do more work than them and I always say “I can get that.” A couple of the guys try to carry my boxes for me. I let them. It is hard. I am different. I try to think creatively but it is difficult. My mother says that she would want to be treated differently. She would want them to treat her with respect. OK, I get the respect part. I really do. But, I don’t want them to have to change their ways just because there is a woman present. They all hang out and talk about politics and football. That is fine. I am not going to make them talk about family and “girl stuff”. I don’t want them to change. They do nothing that offends me. I once told my boss that I just wanted to be one of the guys. He said “But you’re not a guy. You’re a girl.” He wasn’t being snotty or anything. He was just stating a fact. I wear a uniform. I don’t wear makeup. I wear my hair in a pony tail. I work hard. I am not frilly. I am rarely offended by anything. These are traditional “guy” traits I guess. I love the guys at work and I would not change them for anything. I figure if you want a job with a bunch of guys, learn to work with a bunch of guys. Sure, it should be a safe and welcoming environment. It should be free of harassment and anger. But, you should not have to change the people you work with. Some people will totally disagree with me but that is how I see it. I think this is why some people have a tough time being open and accepting. They hate change. I am all for change that corrects a damaging attitude. But why change things that harm no one. Talking sports and “guy stuff” is not hurting anyone. That is just my two cents. Take it or leave it.

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