Aug 14, 2021Liked by Valentina Petrova

Val, these two posts take me back to the days when I could introduce myself to a young lady, ask her name and where she was from, hear her reply-then, crickets. Meeting the woman who became my wife, growing mature together and tending to her, during the disease that took her life, burned that all away.

There are still people in my life who are difficult, in my view. Yes, I have to bring myself to account, as to moments when I am the difficult one, and people to whom I have been difficult. That lets me cut them some slack-and besides, I am hard-wired to look at things from the other person's point of view. There are four people who I have cut out of my life, though I have made a peace, of sorts, with one of them. These were largely matters of self-preservation, and I did not accept others trying to guilt me into giving the troll an umpteenth chance. Nonetheless, these two posts are spot on, in their direction and tone.

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Aug 12, 2021Liked by Valentina Petrova

How timely!! I couldn’t agree more! Talk about being between a rock and a hard place! I have many dear friends who are on the other side of the vaccine “debate” as me. I try to avoid any COVID talk when we get together but it always comes up. I am happy to say that I have done exactly as you suggested in keeping quiet and just letting them rant and/or I change the subject. It’s getting harder and harder for me to not give them the eye roll or want to grab them by the shoulders and shake them. But my love for them keeps me from acting with any disrespect. Everyone is entitled to their opinion even if I don’t agree with it. They say you shouldn’t talk religion or politics….I say you sure better! I’ve learned a lot over the past 18 months. I’m still on the fence between staying and leaving. One thing for sure is the distance is growing between us.

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