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  •  As a kid living in Table Grove, Macomb was the (0+ / 0-)

    big city we traveled to once a week. It was the big city to me cuz they had some traffic lights. lol Well it was also cuz the had a Value Village, Macomb's 70s version of a K-Mart, and they had a McDonald's.

    Peoria, now that was a major metropolis. A marvelous far away (a whopping 90 min drive) place where fun Aunt Donna lived. Fun Aunt Donna because when she came to gramma's at holidays we always had a tea party.

    Yeah, as a little boy I got all excited about tea parties.  Just one in a long string of clues that made it no surprise to my parents when I finally came out of the closet. Not that they wouldn't have been glad for me to just stay in the closet and let it be one of those things we just don't acknowledge in any official manner.

    Jesus H, sorry webranding. I just can't keep from sharing shit from life in rural IL.

    Oh, and fun Aunt Donna, at the last tea party I recall us having, strong-armed me and my sister into "accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior." Would not let it go until we did what she insisted. And my parents let her do it. Partly becasue mom likes to "keep the peace" but also partly becasue it was something she wanted for us, just not under such coersive circumstances at such a young age, me 9, my sister 7.

    And to get further into the bullshit, Donna was of the mind that once we spoke the words, the magic was done and we were "saved". But in mom's veiw, it was only a half done deal. Wasn't really official until we got dunked. No sprinkling, had to be dunking. But before the dunking my sister and I had to meet with the preacher and have a talk and repeat the magic words again. I recall the look on his face. He could tell we were just repeating words, but he agreed to dunk us anyway cuz that's what our parents thought best. Can't have the kids goin' around half saved.

    At any rate, I never thought of her as "fun" Aunt Donna after that.

    Again, sorry for over-sharing.

    Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

    by JTinDC on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 06:55:51 PM PDT

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