I am not a football fan. I am not a fan of any sports. No particular reason, I just don’t follow any teams. I understand the team aspect of sports and the motivational aspect of sports and coaching. I did not watch the super bowl.
My family is sports crazed. Mainly football crazed. They all have their favorite team. Their favorite team was not in the super bowl and as soon as the game started I started getting group texts on my phone from family members. The recurring theme of the texts was hatred of the patriots and Tom Brady. I am neutral as again I am not a fan. I did not put my two cents in as I had nothing to add to the text trail.
I did not want to hear my phone buzzing all night so I put my phone on do not disturb. The day after the game I saw I had 38 unread texts. For entertainment purposes and to get thoughts and to find out who won I started scrolling through the texts. I was surprised to see the texts went from football and hating Tom Brady to POLITICS! One family member texted first the republicans win and now the patriots! Oh the horror. The worst text was from an uncle who texted if he were around Donald Trump he would blast his brains out. Reading this sickened me beyond belief. My uncle served in Vietnam and he is proud of this. I am proud of all who serve in the military. I am not proud of killing in general. One family texted God takes care of everything.
God does take care of everything. I find people who say that don’t always believe it, but that is where blind faith comes in. I texted to the family, yes God does take care of everything and it’s just a game and the comment about blowing someone’s brains out is not appropriate.
I drove to work crying, yes I am emotional. Not one person responded to my text. How odd I thought. Did I strike a nerve? Is it ok to curse a football team and talk about violence but when I contribute my thought nothing? After a few hours I was still bothered so I texted them to please leave me off the texts. I stated I don’t like to be around negativity. I stated we should celebrate the win, whoever won, football is an American past time. Congratulate the winning team.
My cousin texted me on a single text stating the group text is a way to connect with family. I texted back a text of someone stating they wanting to blast someone’s brains out is not healthy. My cousin retorted my uncle is passionate about his team. I said his comments were extreme and anyone who thought otherwise may need to get their head examined.
I have a history with this uncle. He is my mother’s brother. My mother physically abused me as a child and her family knew but did nothing. Whenever I bring this up everyone goes silent. It’s like they think I will forget what happened, or that if no one talks about it the memories will just disappear. It’s the dirty little secret of the family. One of many. I heard my uncle recently said, my mother could not help herself, she was sick and everyone should feel sorry for her. Wow, I thought to myself upon learning this. My poor mother was so sick she took knives after a little child and kicked her and punched her and was a monster but everyone should feel sorry for her because she was sick. God takes care of everything…
My point is there are some very disturbed people in the universe. Not just in politics but homes all over. Life is what you make it and it is survival of the fittest. I recently read a story of a mom who kicked her child for not brushing her teeth. The child died. She was four. When I read these stories I think that child could have been me. People in my family want to sweep away what happened to me like it did not happen. I was forced to be quiet as a child but today I will not be quiet. I will not be quiet to ease another’s discomfort over how I was treated.
There is way too much turmoil in the world and I am happy I can speak up for myself and boldly state it is never ok to state you want to blast someone’s brains out.
God bless America and God bless the world and God bless the patriots!