I just received my first hate mail.

I feel like this post should come with some kind of Surgeon General’s Warning.

It was bound to happen, really. I’m opinionated. And sarcastic. And don’t have much tolerance for intentional insensitivity.

I’m only surprised by two things – that it took so long, and that it was a result of what I would have considered a relatively innocuous facebook post.

But I guess when you hit a nerve, you hit a nerve. I’m still not sure which nerve exactly I hit… The one about my constitutionally-ordained obligation to listen to fertile women complaining about the horrors of having to endure something that I, and untold numbers of infertile women, would give almost anything to experience, maybe?

But I digress.

Where was I? Oh! To the person who went to the trouble to track down my email address and then send me your novella of vitriol:

I hope you feel better now.

Also, since you have obviously considered me to be the scum of the earth for some time, but only just now discovered the need to tell me so –

You’re welcome. I hope that my audacity in not allowing you to verbally assault me on my own page will allow you to move on and find bloggers who don’t fill you with such fury and hostility.

To anyone else who who feels badly for my children being raised by such a “rude and judgmental, delusional, childish, bitter and unnecessarily combative” person:

I want to make sure you realize that there is no requirement to read my blog or follow me on Facebook or Twitter. 

All sarcasm aside – believe it or not, I am a very open-minded person. But there are certain things I simply will not tolerate on my blog or facebook page:

  1. Making light of or encouraging child abuse in any way. It’s not a joke and it’s not funny.
  2. Disrespect or abuse toward biological, foster or adoptive children, families or parents. Obviously there are bad foster & adoptive parents, just like there are bad biological parents. I don’t have a problem discussing news stories, or discussing solutions for issues of which you are personally aware, but I won’t tolerate disrespect or abuse, just because a family is different from “the norm”.
  3. Intentional insensitivity towards infertility. I understand that most people don’t “get it”. But being intentionally insensitive is not okay.
  4. Attacks on my personal beliefs or those of my readers. Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Atheist, Pastafarian. I don’t care. If you do, take it elsewhere.
Happy Labor Day.

It has recently come to my attention that not all of my readers can easily tell when I’m being sarcastic. That is truly unfortunate, so finding a solution was imperative. ^Obviously, the easiest answer is to assume that if something can be read with sarcasm, it should be;^; but that’s not really workable, I guess. After reviewing several options for a “sarcasm font”, I’ve come up up with my own system. Whenever you see italics inside carrots (^snark^), that is my “sarcasm font”.

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