I don't know what I've done this winter to warrant the Snow Shoveling Fairies to visit my house on a regular basis, but whatever it is, I want to keep doing it. You see, all winter long, almost every time it snows, my anonymous Snow Shoveling Fairy shovels my sidewalk and, many times, the apron of my driveway, too. I don't know who it is, although I have a strong suspicion.
And that leads to my conundrum.
As a strong supporter of the political process, I always vote in every election and I enjoy having yard signs for the candidates of my choice. This year, however, I'm a little concerned about voicing my political opinion.
No, I'm not concerned for my safety and I'm not wavering on my candidates. My concern is far more basic than that. Let me start at the beginning. I live in the heart of GOP Country, and I'm not exactly one of them. As a matter of fact, I'm about as liberal as a person can get. I believe we should all help each other out, that we give far too much corporate welfare to big businesses and the wealthy, and that I should be able to control my own body. My neighbors, by contrast, are all flag-pin wearing, church-going, mom-and-apple-pie loving, vote-against-their-financial-interests Republicans.
And this is where my problem lies.
Do I put out a yard sign in support of a Black Man or Woman for President and risk my sidewalk and apron being shoveled or do I just keep my mouth shut and continue to enjoy my (almost daily) visits from the Snow Shoveling Fairy?
Since neither Obama nor Clinton is going to start shoveling my driveway (or send their lackeys to do it), I think I'll just keep my mouth shut, as much as it pains me.
All politics is truly local.