I never realized that standing with or (I don't want to say "against," because I am not "against" the lady who left her baby at a grocery store, I just feel like that isn't a safe situation and some intervention is needed for everyone to be safe)...let's go with "choosing not to stand with" someone who left their infant in a grocery store parking lot was such a divisive topic. Not only did I lose a Facebook friend* (or perhaps I should say "I unfriended them" in the name of accuracy, because that is what happened and apparently they took issue with my not phrasing it that way?), but said individual left a comment on my blog this morning, apparently, pointing out that I was the unfriend-er (true, not something I was trying to deny; as I see it either way it was losing a friend regardless of who was the unfriend-er and who was the unfriend-ee but perhaps I should have been more particular in my semantics). Which, okay, fine. But I had work this morning and don't spend nearly as much time on the innernet as I used to (seriously, texting me or messaging me on Eclecstasy's scheduling software is the best way to reach me if I'm too far away to throw a shoe at these days), so I came home, logged on, and found that comment AND this one awaiting moderation:
Figure One: Bawk, bawk. That's me. Or, you know, I was at work and not moderating comments, but please do pick whichever version of reality best suits your purposes. In any case, I'm feeling like I definitely made the right call here.
So, yeah, since it apparently meant a LOT to the party in question to point out that I was the unfriend-er in the situation, I've gone and settled that, and hopefully we can skip the part where they hook up with Stalky, dox me on Twitter, and start a SECRET SHADOW BLOG all about what a terrible human being I am.
I swear I am never talking about anything except my cats ever again.
* Semantics aside, this person has made comments in several cases that grated on me over the years, so technically it wasn't "just" because we disagreed over the issue of the baby in the grocery store parking lot. I have another friend on the Facespace who disagrees with me on that issue, but managed not to go all ad-hominem and attack MY parenting via private message and so we've stayed friends. I can handle disagreement. But this was...more than that, somehow, and I'm not sure why but I don't need the negativity and clearly I made the right call.