28 September 2009

Rhetorically weary pregnant lady considers simplifying

There are the days when the comments at the grocery store have me scrambling for something like, "Not Catholic. Or fundamentalist. Lutheran. But not the Lutherans who just did the whole gay thing. Traditional Lutherans. But I guess to be fair not all traditional Lutherans have a lot of kids because of some thing some pop-Calvinist said about subduing the earth or something like that. Or something."

And then there are the days when I just want to say, "We're Christian."

9 comments:

Gauntlets said...

What is it with grocery stores? Are the Evil Powers broadcasting subliminal messages in grocery stores the nation over? Messages that encourage Bored People to appease their curiosities? "Go ahead and ask. Go ahead and ask. Go ahead and ask. And then go buy margarine."

Dakotapam said...

Or the commenters that say "You know about birth control, right?" Uh, no, I'm totally backwoods ignorant and I have no idea how babies are made...doesn't a stork bring them?

Dakotapam said...

Oh, and if you say just "Christian" they'll assume Mormon...

Marie said...

Yup. Pretty much. Exactly.

Rebekah said...

Mormons, waaaaaaaaaah!

lisa said...

Next time drop a Walther: "You know, a member of the Lutheran religion, the only true one."

Yeh. That. :)
Then run :)
(or waddle) :)

Liz said...

The sinful nature in me would say, "We're Darwinists and believe we have superior genes," and then politely thank the questioner for refraining from reproducing... but, I'll e-mail you an article from the WSJ that talks about how your kids will be shouldering the costs of the welfare state. You should be thanked, and thanked frequently. (And I thank you all!)

Karin said...

Or.....just don't worry about it, say nothing but do practice your incredulous big smile and raised eyesbrows which mean, "Really, when did my business become an open field for public debate." and then just laugh a little. That will catch them off guard. Why do we think we have to say ANYTHING or even give a hoot????

Being to the point that this does not happen to me so much anymore, I have the fun of people assuming Ingrid is my first, since I will be out with just her at times, and they give me first time mother platitudes and I can say things like, (big incredulous grin of the same variety) "Huh, that was true with the first seven." or whatever. The trick is to let it just roll of our backs and be confident in who we are and what we are given to do. Not the rest of the world's business really. I'll shut up now.

Smile more and practice your giggling. People just have to say something to other people whether it is you with your preschool or another mom who forgot to put socks on their infants freezing toes and hoped no one would notice.

Oops........didn't shut up. Evil grin.

Rebekah said...

Karin, nice. :D