April 1, 2012

Targeted Conversation

A couple of days ago Dimples and I were shopping at Target when she stopped to compliment a mom on her baby.  Dimples asked how old the baby was, which led to a conversation about her other two kids ages, and then Dimples and her siblings ages.  After talking for a few minutes, the mom asked me if Dimples was in preschool.  We talked for another couple of minutes about homeschooling.  Finally the mom says, "She (meaning Dimples) looks so familiar.  Do you go to church around here?"  This question doesn't surprise me because nearly everyone we meet asks us this.  I just smiled, shook my head, and said "nope."

The mom never said another word to us and moved her kids off to another aisle to shop.  We saw her again in the toy section, but she just stared for a second before turning the opposite direction.  It was so bizarre.  I had thought my response was pretty good compared to my usual fumble which comes out sounding like a mixture of an apology and an excuse.  Maybe this time I just looked a little too confident in my dismissal of religion.


  1. Gotta love the church question! A couple of weeks ago, we were at a park, and a mom who is considering homeschooling started drilling me about the local co-ops (all religious), trying to see which one to join. She just kept digging and digging, trying to figure out why I didn't belong to any, and finally I said "I'm not religious." She paused and then said, "Well we need to change that!"

    The church thing is always the first question when you meet people here. So frustrating!

  2. Wow. I might have laughed if she'd said that to me. It's making me giggle just thinking about it!