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Everyone has things that push their buttons

Posted: February 24, 2013 - 1:00am

All of us have things that make us angry. Sometimes, it’s good to let your anger out instead of holding it in until you develop an ulcer. Other times, it’s best to hold it in rather than doing something that could land you in jail or in a fight you might later regret.

One thing that angers me is seeing a dog mistreated. Why do people buy pets if they really don’t want one? It’s unfair to the pet and unfair to yourself.

There’s a commercial on TV that I have to turn off every time it comes on. It’s the one for ASPCA that shows picture after picture of dogs and cats that have been abused or neglected. That’s just too much for me to take in.

During our 42 years of marriage, Jay and I only paid for one dog. All the others just seemed to show up at our back door. It’s as if everyone in Columbia County knew where to drop off strays or pets they didn’t want any more.

We should have had a sign on the door that said, “Drop off point for dogs you no longer want.”

Another thing that makes me very angry is watching a child being abused or listening to a parent tell them how stupid they are or some other statement meant to, basically, break their spirit. Again, why do people have children if they can’t love them and respect their feelings?

Sure, kids need to be reprimanded once in a while, even more when they are teen-agers, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to do so. A parent should never belittle a child, never try to make them feel as if they were useless and unloved.

The way children treat other children can, sometimes, anger me to the point of wanting to say something to them, even in front of their parents. Kids can be very cruel, but it does make me feel a little better to know that schools are now recognizing bullying and taking steps to see that the situation is defused before it goes too far. There are entirely too many young people taking their own lives or the lives of others because they can no longer handle the abuse from their peers. Parents need to be on the alert in order to catch the signs of bullying in their own children. Caught early enough, the situation can be corrected.

I’m sure that we’ve all run into people who think they know everything. Not only that, but they also believe you should listen to every word they say and do exactly as they believe. In my little corner of the world, I call that trying to control others, forcing them to do things they know aren’t right.

Speak your mind. Don’t let that person influence you, especially if it’s concerning something you do not agree with. Let them know you don’t appreciate the comments they make or the way they make them seem like a command. You know what you believe in. Stick to your beliefs. Don’t let them intimidate you into doing something you know is wrong.

Well, I guess that’s enough preaching for this month. Hang in there, Columbia County. We can all make a difference. It’s worth the effort.

(Pat Fickle is a Martinez resident.)

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