One of my favorite readers and email forwarded-ers asks the question this week. Walt of LuckyPuppy.net and I are proof that a flaming liberal and a kooky conservative can be friends.
Walt asks: You made it to the life boat and have strength to pull one person from the water. Scott (husband), E (4 year old son), N (2 year old daughter), Aunt Katie (only sister) and your mom are in the water. You cannot sacrifice yourself. Who would you choose?
I once asked my husband a similar question. I asked him: Scott, if you had to chose one person to die between E or me, who would it be? (N wasn’t on the radar yet.)
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Don’t ever ask your husband that.
I’m an idiot for even bringing it up. This is probably why Walt and I get along so well.
Since I’ve clearly thought about this for years, my answer isn’t what is difficult about this question. I know exactly what I would do. I know that the choice would come close to destroying me. I also know that my flare for the dramatic is unparalleled. UNPARALLELED, I SAY!
What I don’t feel like I can do with this answer is make it public record. The private conversation with my husband caused a rift for weeks. Did I mention that I’m dramatic?
I promised myself and my invisible friend, Joyce, two things when I began this blog:
1) I would always be honest.
2) I would never use it to hurt someone.
I have kept the first promise. Even when it sucked. Oh, which reminds me. I thought that updating my disclaimer would cover my Amazon Affiliate links, but I realized that I should’ve also been including it at the end of each post as well. I have not gone back to the earlier posts yet, but I wanted to say (in a public record) that never meant to mislead you. I researched and thought that I was doing what was the norm online. And it is within acceptable limits, but I’ve decided that I could’ve erred further on the side of openness. I wish that I did it initially though.
As for the second promise, I have never written something on this blog to purposely hurt anyone. To my knowledge, I have walked on the wrong side of that line three times. I have probably hurt more than three people since not everyone is willing to email me about it. To all those people, I am sorry. Unless you’re a gay-hating, mom-bashing, intolerant jerk. Then I’m not so much SORRY as PLEASED.
As to your question, Walt, I’m stuck. If I’m honest, I’m not kind, and I’ll only do that when absolutely necessary (I don’t believe in the “white lie” shebang). But I’m pretty sure that answering this question in a public forum isn’t necessary.
Wow. Did I mention that I also over-think everything?
If you would like to see previous questions that I’ve over-thought, click here. If you would like to submit your own question to me, fill out this form or email me with the subject “Ask Alex.” If you just want to know what I’ve asked YOU, click on “I Ask.” It’s probably better that way.