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|Tue, 03-10-2009 - 12:26pm|
I've been a lurker of this board for awhile and thought that I'd drop in and say Hello finally. It seems to be one of the only boards that I can relate to anymore.
I'm a 42 year old stay at home mom to a beautiful 3 year old daughter. I'm an Atheist and my husband is a lapsed Catholic(in other words, he just can't admit he's an atheist too). We are doing our best to raise our daughter to be a thinking person who is respectful to other people and their beliefs. However, lately we have been running into all kinds of problems and maybe I just need to vent. My husband's family is VERY religious and when we visit and do not attend church with them, we are lectured,etc. They come to our home and when we sit down to dinner insist on prayer and put my daughter's hands together in prayer and say grace. I have tolerated it because they are older and I do not want to start a fight, but it drives me crazy. My daughter's cousins have already started lecturing her on us not going to church and about her not being baptized Catholic and all that nonsense. We've told them that if she grows up and chooses to be a Christian that we would be supportive and that we are raising her to have the freedom to believe or not to believe. It's been causing such problems that I dread even getting together with his family because of this and it's very sad that my daughter would miss out on being with family because they cannot keep religion out of things.
The other thing that bothers me lately is that when I started telling people around me that I am an atheist they will not accept me as even a potential friend. It's a lonely existence in Southern Ohio, let me tell you. I seriously have no friends and I'm sure being the only stay at home mom around here that does not go to church activities does not help. Lately, I feel like I'm going out of my mind because I just cannot believe in (insert deity of choice).
Sorry for such a long vent, but it's just been one of those days and this was the only board that I could think of that would understand. Anyone else ever feel like this? If there are any other stay at home moms, how are you managing to make friends and not be shunned? As for the family stuff, I am a nice person and just try to tolerate things, but how do you guys do it?