Silence is Golden
Date: April 29, 2023 02:49PM
The sun has finally arrived and temperatures are going up. Its the time for cleaning up the yard from a hard winter.
I was walking along the fence line killing out the weeds that get prolific this time of year, and the neighbor wife came over and we talked for awhile. It was great, until the conversation began to wind down and she said to me, "Since my oldest kid has moved back in and the younger ones are teenagers, they can only stay if they go to church, so I can force them to learn the truth." Saying it in way that it appeared to me to be a badge of honor to force them to salute and obey.
I did not say anything, but I knew she had just sealed her future. My mother did things like that, and the only time any of her kids (keep in mind I grew up in a "Large" family) returned home, was for her funeral. Otherwise unless she traveled to see several of them, then they never darkened her door once they moved out. For me I had one moment at the age of 18, when she realized that she could not guilt, threaten, or order me around. None of my other siblings did that, so most just moved far away.
As I stood there listening to this neighbor, and having been away from the culture for many years. I suddenly understood the arrogance of the tone and statement. No wonder mormonism turns people off.