I don't often voice my political or religious views on this blog, it's something I'm just not comfortable doing. I believe that each of us is entitled to those views, to live our lives in a moral and just way, but sometimes things seem a little bass ackwards to me.
I had planned to chat about my new dining room chairs that I got for a steal yesterday at the Restoration Hardware outlet.
Regale you with tales of how, after a 3 hour drive each way, I lucked into a Pottery Barn outlet closing where the already reduced merchandise was another 40% off. How I bought a beautiful ticking striped duvet cover and this pretty white platter for a song.
I wanted to tell you how delicious these organic honey crisp apples are, and how they are totally worth the long trip to Whole Foods to buy them.
I planned to go on and on about these pretty white napkins, also found at the Pottery Barn closing sale.
How I've been looking for some nice white napkins at a good price and how these were like a match made in heaven for my new dining room. But...
Last night, as I sat down to catch up on the day's emails, do some blog reading, and skim through the online news sources, I was confronted with something that makes all of my great purchases seem more than just a little insignificant.
You see, sometimes we like to paint the world as black and white, but there is so much grey area in this world of ours. Sometimes black and white is a good thing, like in these two photos of Misty Belle and Mr. Quinn, but sometimes, when it is used in a way that is hurtful, it's anything but beautiful.
As a blogger, I now have a sense of fellowship that only other bloggers can know. Especially bloggers who use their blogs to share a little bit of themselves with each of us. Those who put their heart and soul on the line for the world to see, the good, the bad and even the ugly that comes with living a real and authentic life. So when one of us is having issues, I feel like we need to all step in and help out, even if that just means moral support.
Such is the case for Mark and his blog, entitled Our Simple Lives. Kind of an ironic name for his blog, because life has been anything but simple for Mark and his partner Fred, and their 4 children. You see, Mark and Fred are a gay couple who have adopted 4 children.
Now, some of you may be running for the hills right now, and that's your prerogative to do so, I surely can't, nor will I try to stop you. But if you have a moment I'd like to say what I think about their current situation.
You can read much more about it on Mark's blog, and on CNN, where it made front page news yesterday. Fred is a French Citizen, while Mark is an American citizen. The two fell in love, got married when it was legal in the State of California, and have adopted 4 beautiful and thriving children. They have been together longer than many couples seem to be able to make it these days, I believe it's 20 years, and the love they share for their children is undeniable and real. As in the life is messy kind of real.
Because they are a gay couple, Fred now faces deportation, because even though they legally married in California a number of years ago, and Mark is a US citizen, our federal government doesn't recognize their marriage. So now Fred must return to his home country after living her for 2 decades.
To those of you still reading, those who haven't unfollowed me, or made snap judgements, or turned away in disgust at the thought of a non traditional family, thank you. You see, I would much rather see a family like Mark and Fred's, one which has contributed to society, worked hard for everything they have, and given 4 beautiful and innocent children the chance at a wonderful life, than I would half the people I see in what is deemed an appropriate marriage, dragging their children around Walmart at 11 pm. Cursing at them, threatening them, but given the rights denied to Mark, Fred and their 4 children.
You have to ask yourself, why is it that our society rewards people who misbehave like Lindsey Lohan, Paris Hilton, and Kim Kardasian with multi million dollar contracts for doing nothing to help society, while it penalizes people like Mark and Fred who kept 4 children from possibly knowing the instability and often horrors of the foster care system?!
As a magazine writer for beautiful homes, I have lots of gay friends, it just comes with the territory my friends. So I can say that my world is a richer and more wonderful place because of those friendships. So while you peruse the latest designs and heap praise on many notable designers, who just happen to also be gay, but then turn your back when you see the injustice of it all, well I would have to say that in my book that would be the definition of hypocritical.
You don't have to support gay marriage, or want marriage redefined, but when people like Mark and Fred's family will be torn apart because the world doesn't operate in black and white, I would hope you would at least try and support them so that our society could have one more stable family to help keep this country's future bright!
If you would like to learn about more ways you can support Mark and Fred, please go here.