Well, this is interesting.
Channel 12 News wants to interview me about the sacredness of holidays. Yeah, me. About the sacredness of holidays. A reporter called the house tonight while I was out grocery shopping. She wanted to talk to me about an article/blog post I’d actually written a couple of years ago for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, about keeping holidays as holydays.
She’s doing a story on the latest craziness of stores opening at 8pm Thanksgiving evening so that shoppers can get a jump (and a punch, and a shove, and a grab, and a hair pull) ahead to get the best, most awesomest, most cheapest price on the newest, most wanted, most got-to-have Christmas gifts.
In conversation with the show’s managing editor, the reporter decided to go for a different spin – one that would highlight an opposing viewpoint and give balance to the subject. So, she googled (can you believe that word is now a verb?) “Is Thanksgiving still a sacred holiday?” and up popped my post. Whaddya know.
She liked what she read and somehow tracked me down to request the interview. When I returned her call, I discovered, much to my surprise, that I genuinely liked her angle and her attitude. I’m always suspicious of secular media, because I’ve seen such vagrant twisting of the truth. So, I tested the reporter by dropping the names of a couple of Catholic sites that I write for. She didn’t flinch. I didn’t even hear her clear her throat. She just continued with the conversation.
Then, a harder test.
“You know I’m very opinionated about this, don’t you?” I asked.
“Yes,” she responded. “And that’s exactly why we want you.”
Well, then, Let the interview roll. But first, I’d better get my house cleaned up – it’s a pit!