Has Political Correctness Made Us Overly Sensitive?

Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA VA License # 0225089470

Yesterday was Mother's Day.  I'm have no kids, so I've never had anyone acknowledge this day as anything special to me.  Yesterday, however, I was acknowledged by two friends.  One out of state, and my neighbor. 

My neighbor knew that my husband and I have been on a strict, MSG and glutamate free, diet.  It's for health reasons for my husband, and I lovingly follow the same restrictions while in the house.  I made mention to my neighbor that the thing I missed most was Mac 'n Cheese.  She remembered this and baked up a dish of homemade Mac 'n Cheese for me and wished me a Happy Women's Day. 

My out of state friend sent me a text message wishing me a Happy Mother's Day.  This morning, when I called to thank the out of state friend for the message, she immediately started with, "I owe you an apology."  I couldn't imagine for what, but then she said, "I remembered after you sent that message that you don't have any kids and I thought you might be mad."

You've got to be joking.  Me?  Be upset over anyone wishing me a Happy Mother's Day?

I think that political correctness has just gotten to be too much.  Let's start with my neighbor.  Women's Day?  It's Mother's Day.  And YES.  It's okay to wish me a Happy Mother's Day.  It makes me smile.  Why?  Even though I have no kids, I find myself in a mothering role with different folks at different times.  And them wishing me a Happy Mother's Day tells me they appreciate that nurturing part of me.

This reminds me of the whole Happy Holidays being substituted for Merry Christmas.  Heaven forbid someone who doesn't celebrate Christmas be offended.  I'm got news for you.  I celebrate Christmas, but if you wished me a Happy Hanukkah I would be thrilled.  You cared enough to wish me HAPPINESS.  Isn't that what really matters?


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Daniel J. Hansmeier
Rochester, MN

We have become a sensitive culture for sure. Almost sickening. lol

May 10, 2010 05:45 PM #1
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Northern VA

Daniel:  It's definitely gone too far in my book.

May 10, 2010 05:47 PM #2
Tamara Camden Vacation Rental Agent
All Rentals 2 Remember, inc. - Key West, FL

Hi Chris, I agree.  I'm going to wish you an early Merry Christmas and Happy Mother's Day for next year!

May 10, 2010 06:59 PM #3
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Chris Ann...the whole PC issue has gotten out of hand.  It is the root of many problems in society today!

May 10, 2010 09:29 PM #4
Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
College Station , Texas Homes

Chris Ann

Great take on the absurdity of how much we worry over things. I agree about happiness.


May 10, 2010 11:19 PM #5
Andy Chaudoir
Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas - Georgetown, TX
Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas

Hello Chris - I think too many people walk on eggshells these days.  As William says above, it's gotten out of hand.  Have a great day.

May 11, 2010 08:11 AM #6
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Northern VA

Tamara:  Throw any holiday in, as long as you are wishing me happiness.

William:  That's an entire weeklong discussion.  I totally agree.

Trey:  Seems the absurd has become the norm.

Andy:  Political correctness is the one of the worst things that ever happened in our society.

May 11, 2010 10:20 AM #7
Bob Willis
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Whittier, CA
Orange County & L.A. County Real Estate Agent

I love how you wrote, "You cared enough to wish me HAPPINESS."

May 14, 2010 04:20 PM #8
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Northern VA

Bob:  That's how I feel about it.  Wish me a Happy anything. 

May 14, 2010 06:51 PM #9
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