I read Subway’s apology letter a few times on different email lists as it made its way around the virtual homeschool sphere. I felt sorry for them having to eat so much crow. I have also read a few blog posts in varying viewpoints about the Subway madness since I posted my original mention earlier this week. I don’t think there’s a homeschooler out there who doesn’t know about this ordeal. If nothing else, this proves that homeschoolers can spread news faster than CNN. We may be “independent”, but we certainly seem to have a collective voice.
It is that collective voice that concerns me, however. I must be frank – my voice wasn’t the most level-headed of the bunch. I cringed after re-reading my own words as a commentor fed them back to me. I used the word ‘hate’ twice and that was just plain inexcusable. So not only did I write a nice letter to Subway thanking them for their apology,… but I removed the “hate” from my post and updated it with a request for homeschoolers to thank Subway for their efforts. I’ll even go one step further this week. I’m going to go eat at Subway and personally thank our local Subway owner for their company’s apology. I’m going to let the sandwich be “on me”. I hope you will do the same.
After all, we homeschoolers should know best that the way to a librarian’s heart is through smiles and home-baked cookies… not frowns and harsh words. Those are biblical principles, too. I wouldn’t want someone to say I hated other people (even if I am prone to mistakes just like the next guy). I shouldn’t have accused Subway in such a harsh way, either.
I’m glad that there are so many level headed homeschool bloggers out there who are helping to prevent us all from giving up our 6-inch cold-cut trios on honey-wheat.
A kinder, gentler way to educate. Who would have thought? Sounds like homeschoolers virtually homeschooling other homeschoolers.
P.S. If you want to see a real mountain rather than a small mole-hill issue, please focus your attention on the OTHER post I wrote for today (the one about DC)…