Our neighbors are having their roof redone. They are using a company that describes itself as "Christian roofing company". I'm not even sure what that is supposed to mean. What Would Jesus Roof? If the behavior of these roofing guys is any clue, Jesus would chain smoke the entire time he was nailing shingles so that when the wind blew just right the entire neighborhood would smell like a methyl cigarette.
It doesn't surprise me that our neighbors would use a "Christian roofing company". They're an interesting group of people. Their three little girls are sweet and kind and well behaved. They're also not allowed to leave their yard to play with other kids. Or go trick or treating. Or attend school.
The girls ARE allowed to dress up for Halloween stay home to pass out religious themed "treats". This year they passed out "Jesus Loves Me" necklaces and stamps of crosses and lambs(?) and tattoos that say "Shine with the light of Jesus". I sort of want to skip their house during trick or treating but I feel bad for the poor kids so instead I just throw away what they give us as soon as we get home.
When we were setting up our Halloween display this year the little girls were in their yard hiding behind trees and trying to see what we were doing. I wanted to invite them over but I didn't want to make them feel bad. I knew they would have to say that they couldn't come over so I just kept quiet and felt sorry for them.
The girls are home-schooled and from talking to their mom I sort of suspect that they're getting a ... biased education. For example, she told me about a history project they were working on where they made a time line of all the major events in world history. You know, everything that has happened since the world began. When God made it. I've never seen the time line but I'm guessing it includes things like "The Civil War 1861-1865" and "Black Plague 1348-1350" and "Jesus rides a dinosaur 17".
Although neighbor kids are occasionally allowed to go over and play with the little girls (in their yard only) they are not allowed to go in anyone else's yard or have anyone play inside. Their mom has told me this is a hard and fast rule for them. No one ever gets invited inside.
Except for this. Recently the girls have been inviting my kids over for Bible study. Elle had no idea what they were talking about and said she would rather play house thankyouverymuch and Joseph tried his best to be polite and say no thank you. They persisted though so Joseph refused a little more firmly. When they still persisted he informed them that he didn't believe in God. It was at this point that the oldest girl (who really is very sweet even though this story makes her sound not so sweet but it's not her fault, she's just been brainwashed) told Joseph "You have to believe in God otherwise you're going to Hell!!!"
I observed this whole exchange but instead of stepping in I watched to see how Joseph would handle it. He thought for a moments and then said "Well I don't believe that's true but I think we can still be friends even if we don't agree."
I'm so damn proud of that kid.
I would like to write more but I have some stuff I have to get done today. A big storm came through last week and blew some siding off of our house. I'm going to call our insurance guy and see if he can recommend a good heathen siding company.
One year ago today Joseph got glasses.
Four years ago today was the end of an era.