So, it’s been a very long week for four kiddos here, all of which have had to have extreme patience and not so much fun for themselves. Last night, they all looked kind of sad and bored and so I suggested taking them down to the pool for some fun and fresh air.
Matt and Owen and Olivia jump in the pool right away and Dean sort of lingers around the jacuzzi while Emi and I curl up on a chair and watch them. We’re alone until these extremely outgoing people come down, people I have never met.
They get to chatting with Dean but I am not in the mood to make a friend and so I sit there very quietly and listen to them gab. Within two minutes, the woman has offered to babysit our little Emi which causes me to roll my eyes. People cannot resist a tiny baby.
She is very adamant and keeps reminding me over and over again, “I’m in Q-102…” and asks where we live which sends me into a panic because I do not want these people to start coming over all the time.
Then, the woman starts this fucking conversation that I just loathe. She says to me:
“Do you go to church? I am looking for a new church now that we have moved here and I’ve visited several but none of them are all that great.”
I have enquired just as seriously while trying to locate a good bar or club to go to.
I am not bothered by her enquiring and I tell her that we don’t attend church here so we can’t really recommend a good one. I tell her that we have heard of some decent churches from other friends that we can get more info on and then I suggest to her that she go online and join a message board for people who share in her religious beliefs and are local.
Then she says, “Oh… so you’re not Baptists?” She seems shocked by this notion and I reply cheerfully with, “Nope… we’re more eastern in our spirituality.”
She says, “So, what are you then?” and I laugh and say, “We’re Buddhists…. but not very good ones.” At this her jaw drops and she exclaims, “NO WAY!! Are you serious??”
“Umm. Yeah?” I reply.
She is dumbfounded that we are not Baptists and I can see that she is probably thinking that we are evil demons who sit around decapitating sheep and whatnot. She has a look on her face as though she fears we might eat her.
I hope so… then maybe she will leave us alone.
But anyhow… it drives me crazy when people get weirded out about someone else’s religion. I don’t care what you believe in, it’s yours and and it’s private and intimate and none of my fucking business.
When it comes to religion, I don’t argue or debate. However, if you are a Mormon or a Scientologist, then I will most certainly giggle at you behind your back.
Oh, and if you dance with snakes and refuse to vaccinate your children because you believe God is taking care of you then I will just think you’re a fucking idiot.
But other than that, I feel that everyone is perfectly correct in whatever they believe in. And, I think this woman and her type of questions and responses are absurd.
Stay away from the eeeeeviiiiil Buddhists.