A while back there was a post that shared the graphic that asked the following question:

Do you believe that families fall apart once the grandparents die because they were the glue that held the family together?

This was my response:

No, because I’m not depending on anyone for that … also not everyone has families intact … I grew up in foster care and have no family ties but my own family is solid

And this is was a reply to the above:

Petra Monaco so sorry you had to grow up that way, but all due respect, you can’t really have an opinion because it wasn’t your experience. I hope you can give your family what you didn’t have, being the glue is a pretty amazing role in a family.

First of all, the question literally asked if I believed it. And so I answered accordingly.

Secondly, I absolutely get to have an opinion about this! 

I’m not saying it isn’t true for some families. Their grandparents may be the glue but it isn’t my experience that doesn’t mean I don’t get to have thoughts and opinions about it. 

So yes my opinion is different that doesn’t mean my opinion is right or wrong.

Can we please stop with the nonsense of telling people that “with all due respect you don’t get to have an opinion” bullshit?

Why is it that when someone has a different experience and thus a different opinion, all over sudden someone is wrong.

What if we just simply respected someone else’s opinion?

Because the truth is that two people can literally go through the exact same experience and yet have two completely different opinions about it!

Furthermore, no one gets to tell you what you can or cannot have an opinion about.  The beauty in this world we all get to believe differently and have a different perspective!

And because it wasn’t my experience I have a different opinion.

So please, know it’s okay to have a different opinion and if someone doesn’t agree, that’s okay too. But you don’t get to tell someone they can’t have an opinion about it. It’s pretty rude and disrespectful if you ask me.

Petra Monaco

Petra Monaco

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