So today I was having a conversation with someone who shall remain nameless but let’s just say it was someone I’m close to.

I remarked how I’d gotten irritated over the weekend about the commercialization of Memorial Day and how so many folks seemed more concerned with sales than with remembering the fallen.

This person said “what, the whole country sucks because we didn’t all bow down and kiss your feet yesterday?”

This struck me rather forcefully. I understand that forceful opinions incite forceful responses and I’m self aware enough to realize that my opinions about how people were acting was a strong one.

What should I have said? Would it matter if this person was a stranger versus someone I’m close to?

What’s the right way to handle this?