Have you ever had a strongly held opinion of something, and then completely changed your mind once you had further information? The topic came to mind yesterday when I heard a newscaster talking about the new Elvis and Lisa Marie Presley video duet of “In The Ghetto”. He said he disliked it a lot when he first saw it, because he thought it was creepy. But then after learning that all the proceeds go to a New Orleans recovery project, he’s decided he really likes the video.
There is a house in my neighborhood that got a new coat of paint a few years back. I’ll try to find the link to the picture and post it later. But suffice to say that it is bright pink, with triangles and dots of purple and yellow and resembles a circus-themed birthday cake. I hated it, hated it, hated it. Then a few months after it was painted, our local newspaper ran a story about the paint job. It seems the owner allowed the renters to paint it, and they had a friend of theirs visiting from Romania (or somewhere like that) design it for them. He is apparently a well-known artist there, and this style of home decoration is common there. I don’t remember the exact details of the story, but the couple talked about the people who would stop by and leave them notes, telling them how pretty the house is, and how nice everyone has been to them here. The story convinced me to give the house another chance, and now I’m really fond of it, and kind of depressed that the paint is starting to fade and peel…the original painters have moved on, so it’s doubtful it will get the same treatment again. The house is visible from the highway, and it always makes me smile when I see it.
So what did you have strong feelings about, and what added information helped you to change your opinion?