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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 26, 2013 at 8:22pm

Here's a nice little "feel good story" I thought I'd share with all of you. 

Family Photo Blown Away by Tornado Found 150 Miles Away in Jefferso...

Jefferson Park is the neighborhood next to mine here in Chicago.  It's where I catch the "L" to the airport. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 26, 2013 at 7:38pm

Your son-in-law had to learn multi-tasking in a hurry. How funny! God may have had to put him on hold a time or two.

Comment by Patricia on November 26, 2013 at 4:46pm

My daughter's #5 baby was born by C-section on the same morning I was having my mastectomy, so we had to wait all day to find out how each other was. I guess poor son-in-law had his hands full on how much praying he had to do......hahahaha!!!!.

Comment by Patricia on November 26, 2013 at 4:39pm

No real loss for me Joan, I am not much a kid person, & prefer to keep to my own company, & my husband is the same.

I also have another granddaughter in Saskatchewan somewhere that turned 19 in October, but since my son split with his girlfriend several years ago, he doesn't see her......& oddly enough, she's the one who looks most like me. We saw her last when she was 6 & her mother hasn't so much as sent us a photo.

Comment by Patricia on November 26, 2013 at 4:30pm

In my daughter's house, I do the same, no bowing, no eye closing, stay silent, (& feel somewhat shamed at how ridiculous they all look)....simply because it's HER house. I did notice one of the girls saw me not closing my eyes once & as she hadn't closed hers either, I had some hope she'd be the one to begin questioning. No such luck, she graduated practical nursing last year from a xian college.

My daughter also knows when they are here on OUR turf, there is no praying/blessing/grace or otherwise, & they either refrain, or do it silently as I saw my grandson do once. I just thought...''oh good grief''......... 

I agree, if anyone needs thanking, it's the HUMAN producers of the foods!!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 26, 2013 at 4:24pm

Having a nice husband and good father is very important and I don't mean to make light of the importance of those relationships. I am sorry to learn that church is their main contact with the outside world. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 26, 2013 at 4:22pm

Ouch, Patricia, five grandchildren can bring a lot of pleasure into one's life and it is too bad to miss out on that. It is really sad to think they will grow old not remembering times with you and your husband. Playing church doesn't offer much opportunity for imagination or questioning.

Three of my great-grandchildren came into our lives when they lost their mother to illness. Their daddy was overwhelmed and when I first met him, he looked like a deer caught in headlights. He has settled down nicely to his new combined family and the three children, all between 12 and 2 years old, were leary at first, very cautious about getting close.

I was recovering from heart surgery at the time and couldn't go exploring in the forest as I did with my own great-grandchildren, or make drums out of fallen logs,  or make things out of found items. So we started out by going outside after dark. I sat in a rocker, put a sheet over my head, shone a flashlight from my lap over my face, then started a ghost story. I passed the flashlight and sheet to the next child who told his/her part of the story, and we kept going around the circle until all the children added to the story. At first, those three couldn't do it at all. They just had no imagination. Over the four years since then, they tell the most fantastic stories. Really clever, full of imagination, very creative. 

Church stories are made up by adults and told to children who become passive learners. My goal with the little ones is to have them become creators, imaginers, and free thinkers. 

When my grandkids were little, I told them of the people I met on my research projects, and they told stories of their experiences and their friends. We also did "What if"" stories or "How come?" ones, or "Who is it?" or ... any topic that gets them imagining. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 26, 2013 at 3:58pm

Mindy, your cartoon didn't come onto my wall, but I was able to retrieve it in the email. 

Now here is an interesting situation. You are a guest in someone else's home; they give a blessing, my decision is to not close my eyes, not bow my head and not say "Amen". 

If I am the host, especially if children are at my table, I offer thanks to the farmers or gardeners who grew the food, and the source of grocer or farmers market. No heads bowed, no eyes closed, no amens. 

Sometimes I am questioned if that is a prayer and I respond that it is a statement of appreciation for all those who made our meal possible. 

Comment by Patricia on November 26, 2013 at 3:48pm

Other than religion, my son-in-law treats my daughter well, & is a fairly nice fellow. They are happy together, & that does count a lot.

Comment by Patricia on November 26, 2013 at 3:46pm

My daughter has 5 kids, all of whom are completely immersed in crap. I had hoped as they grew older they'd start seeing what a load it all is but so far, no luck. Their world is so restricted, I haven't seen any questioning, but then as we're not close & don't live in the same towns, I wouldn't see these things anyway. When they were still living in this town, they used to visit & the 3 kids at that time, would be playing church, not school, not doctor, but church! I have never seen kids play church before, so was rather stunned. When I was a kid, that's the last damn thing I wanted to think about. After they moved to Kelowna, & 2 more kids, the distance is more than just miles/kilometers, but then it always was. We don't have much in common so maintaining a relationship is rather stressful in itself. Religion doesn't have to be a part of anything & my daughter is the one who calls/emails when she wants something.

Sounds like fun, huh Melinda? Different city is often the best.

 

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