Ok, I’m a mom. I’ve been a mom for 25+ years. Not only am I a mom of seven children who came from my womb, I also claim to be mom to another “kid” who looks nothing like the rest of my family, but whom I still treat as my own as he, too, gets words of reprimand. Additionally, I have affectionately been called “choir mom” to literally hundreds of high school students as I volunteer at the local heathen “government” aka public high school and serve as their accompanist. That no-pay job compensates me far more than money could ever dream of. Read: I love it.
In the capacity of mom and/or choir mom, I get special privileges. I get to correct minor infractions: potty mouth, rude behavior, chewing food with mouth open, farting/burping in public, etc. In the public school environment where I tinkle the ivory, I am also known to threaten to confiscate cell phones, put a stop to those raging hormonal teenagers making out in the hallway or corners of practice rooms, “help” those who wear their ever-so-loose jeans so low that they expose their colorful plaid boxers, and even remind high schoolers to wait their turn before talking. Yes, this is all in a day’s work.
Certain behaviors, however, tend to get under my skin and irritate me. Reading over documents for the court case has caused my dander to rise. I wonder if others might be affected the same way as me. I’m going to ask you to briefly click on two links. I don’t want you to read the content, just click on it, take a quick look and then close the window. I want to know if you get the same impression as me when glancing at it. Are you ready?
Ok, so what was your first impression when you saw those words? Do any emotions come to mind? Anger? Rage? Was their shouting? How funny is that?! That’s what I thought, too! Great minds think alike!
Those links are actually reviews that Pastor Chuck O’Neal wrote on the Google review site for Beaverton Grace Bible Church. It’s plain as day that he’s not really reviewing the church, but reviewing me, but I digress. We all know there are internet rules. All caps means, “shouting”. If these are indeed reviews of Beaverton Grace Bible Church and Chuck is addressing them to prospective church attenders, “To Whom it May Concern”, please tell me, is it polite to shout to those precious souls? I think not. Do you think that would encourage someone to come to the church or hinder them from coming?
A soft answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger.
Perhaps a refresher course in internet “netiquette” is in order.
This post is dedicated to my sweet mom, Anne (with an E) who taught me how to be polite and taught me how to write. I love you, Mom 🙂