Remember my customized Starbucks card? The one that says "Ayn Rand was right" on it? Well, I used it today to get myself and the kids some drinks after we went to the bank [insert gasp of amazement that I actually ran an out-of-the-house errand, not to mention am blogging about it, here].
The Starbucks Peopleguy who rang up my order noticed it and said to me excitedly, "I love Ayn Rand! I'm reading Atlas Shrugged right now! It's amazing!" He looked like he's probably a college student, about the same age I was when I first read everything.
So of course I said "Hooray!" and "It changed my life, reading that book!" and bragged about the Rearden Steel sticker on my back window and was generally just as happy and encouraging as I could possibly be. And glad I'm not in college any more, that I could be an example of an adult-type person with a minivan and rugrats and still be into Objectivism. Such a sight would have floored me when I was in college. I always enjoyed meeting post-college-Objectivist-types back then, I think because I had a niggling suspicion that many people "dropped" Objectivism after a while (and perhaps that's true). But I never met a person with a family. In fact, I never even met a woman, now that I think about it!
I love having these kinds of moments--they happen a few times a year. In fact, I had two separate wonderfully positive conversations about Ayn Rand in the parking lot of the homeschool enrichment program earlier this spring. It's usually been the case that people who take the time to comment have nice things to say. Every once in a while I get an eye roll and every once in a very great while I'll have someone try to argue some point with me (and they have often grossly misunderstood Ayn Rand or Objectivism in some way, e.g., that Objectivists never ever give to charity and the like). But mostly, I get happiness and enthusiasm. Isn't that a happy thing? :o)
So yay for Starbucks and their customized card program and for not rejecting my Ayn Rand card (despite their silliness over the phrase "laissez faire"--maybe 'cause it's French?)! And the banana chocolate smoothie thing is really yummy, too.