SYW: On Paying for Air, Scary Movies, Judging People, and My Family

Yikes! It’s nearly Friday and I have yet to answer the questions for Melanie’s Share Your World!    So here goes:

What’s something you really resent paying for?
Air for my car’s tires.

What was the most unsettling film you’ve seen?
Silence of the Lambs

Do you judge people?
Unfortunately, yes.  I get all passionate about it, but then I cool down and realize I shouldn’t judge anyone.  I don’t know their life circumstances, their history, what causes them to say or do the things they do.  I’ve had many opportunities to judge people negatively. But I always try to understand what motivates them.  Even Trump – I do judge him, I do detest him and I hope to God he isn’t reelected because he represents an existential threat to this country.  But I also realize he is very insecure and probably feels like he can barely keep his head above water most of the time. He’s not a leader and has no idea what he is doing.  He is the reason almost 100,000 people have died in the U.S. from covid-19. This is not judgement, this is the truth. I’m sorry he is unwilling to face his own demons. But his mental illness is what makes him dangerous. He can’t think of anyone except himself. I know this because I was married to a narcissist; fortunately, he didn’t have it as bad as Trump. He could show empathy and love for others even if just on a theoretical level. But Trump can’t.  And my ex-husband, like Trump, would not seek help. He just blamed other people, the world, or lack of money for his problems.

Finish this sentence: “Back in my day, we…”?

Respected our teachers and other adults in authority.
Played outside in the neighborhood until after dark.
Walked to school, even though it was close to a mile from home.
Played a lot of games, either board games or games of our own invention, and mostly we played games with our family!
We enjoyed TV but didn’t spend hours watching it every day.
Had dinner as a family and were polite at the table.

Please feel free to share an uplifting photo, thought or meme to show your own gratitude. We can all use some good vibes! 

After writing the answer for the last question, I must say that I am very grateful to have grown up in the family I had!

The whole family!

This is most of my family at a memorial for my mother in 2015, including several cousins who came in from out of town. I’m directly behind the African-American boy (my grand-nephew Benjamin).  Missing are my parents (of course), one of my sisters and a brother-in-law, both deceased. Also, there have been new additions to the family since then – our daughter and one of my nieces are married to spouses they hadn’t yet met, plus there’ve been a few more babies born.

I found this on Google.
Confucious quote