I grew up completely enamored of my grandfather Bill Casstevens. Like every loyal granddaughter I thought he was the funniest, smartest guy in Ector county (or probably the entire state of Texas.)
He wanted us mini-Casstevens to be decision makers, “Either stay inside or stay outside. You’re letting flies in the house!” And I’m sure we stuck with one of those choices! (For a good five minutes.)
But, Bill Casstevens also wanted his passel of granddaughters to be open minded…. which brings us around to his hair. Bill was a dapper fellow and he took great care in the style and maintenance of his West Texas locks. Carefully oiled, fly away free, and parted square down the middle. Every. Single. Day.
This process preceded all other daily activities and even occurred prior to the first bowl of Fruit Loops
(Bill also had a sophisticated palate).
Why is this relevant, you ask? Because Bill was the first to tell you that his was a Mugwump hairstyle.
Unfortunately, in this day and age most people don’t know what a Mugwump is. There is a rich political history behind the term. One that we won’t delve deeply in today. Let me relieve you of your curiosity.
Simply defined, a Mugwump is an independent, neutral party.
Yes, Bill Casstevens announced to his progeny that he was a Mugwump because he had voted for both Democrats and Republicans.
No self-respecting Mugwump would impulsively side with one party or another.
A quality Mugwump will purposefully and intentionally
stand back to process before fully committing.
So, I’m moving to bring back the Mugwumps. Let’s take the time to fully process all sources of information —— and THEN thoughtfully commit. You see, when we savor the details and let them roll around in our minds we may see things we missed at first glance. We will have the opportunity to engage in some quality perspective taking that could have the end result of us seeing value in a stance previously eschewed.
Bringing back the Mugwumps may actually cause us to realize that
as humans we are all more alike than different.
We can bring back the Mugwumps and we don’t even have to part our hair down the middle.