Never ever ever have I responded to a comments troll, but this time I feel compelled to. Not because he's worthy of a response, but because the response I started to write and the post I started to write them on made the entire situation ironically funny!
On July 6th, 2016, I wrote a blog post titled 5 reasons why I hate Facebook in response to all the angry words, heated arguments and downright hatred I was seeing plastered all over Facebook during the presidential campaign between Clinton and Trump.
Every time I opened Facebook, my stomach knotted, but Facebook is a vital tool in sharing blogs and driving readership. Bloggers everywhere rely on Facebook to promote their blogs; I am no different. So, hating Facebook and wanting to abandon it completely was not a good option.
Well, back to the troll...today, I was reading the comments on that blog post and came across the following one:
Go out and find some real friends...Learn how wonderful it feels to lie in the grass under a nice shade tree...read that book you've heard good things about...call your Mother...show your kids how you used to actually make cookies(no not the kind you have to clean from your browser history)...Hey Dad, maybe the kids should learn how to check the oil in the car?
Thing is...Facebook will be there waiting for you while you live your life
I found one other reply to comments from this same ignorant individual, then gave up looking.
As I said earlier, I never, ever respond to trolls, but the irony of him commenting through Facebook comments about getting off Facebook and telling me what I should be doing instead, clearly shows this individual has never read anything else I've written.
So without further ado, I give you my response to the troll:
1. I have real friends that I connect with face-to-face over coffee, because I love spending time with them. I have real friends who I helped bail out a drowning basement during that last nasty rainstorm we had, and I have friends who would drop everything and come to help me in a crisis if I needed them.
2. I love being outside, under a tree, but the grass will give me rash and make me sneeze, so a hammock will have to do. Honestly, I'd really rather be hiking in Yellowstone, or riding my bicycle through the Black Hills of South Dakota again, though. Better yet, I would love to go whale watching again off the far NW Pacific coast. That'd be really cool!
3. I am a voracious reader - I have 4 different books going right now in addition to the two textbooks and online school reading I'm working through. I also read my Bible, email and variety of other essentials every day!
4. Mom passed in 1985 - those long-distance calls are impossible even on an iPhone.
5. I make breakfast for my kids every morning - cookies are a treat they now help me make, in addition to the home-cooked dinners we have together as a family 5 - 6 nights per week.
6. I will teach my kids how to check the oil, change a tire and fix a toilet. Even though I adore my husband, his Y chromosomes don't make him a great handyman, and I'd rather teach my teenage girls that they don't need a man to "fix things" for them. My husband, their dad, can teach them to fish, shoot and defend themselves, and I will be right alongside him helping.
Spitting your vitriol and ignorance all over my comments page doesn't warrant banning and blocking you, but it does warrant calling you what you are - a Grinchy, nasty troll.
With all that said, I owe you some thanks - this is the first blog post I've written in two-and-a-half months, so thank you for the blog fodder. I forgive you for being ignorant, I wish you well and hope you choose to visit my blog again; perhaps you will learn what love and forgiveness are if you read more of my posts.
1 Peter 3:15-16 (NIV)
15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)
32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
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