Saturday, April 25, 2015

Our "Poor Daughter" or What Happens to People Who Quit the Church

I've been inactive this week, trading out blogging for a visit to our "poor daughter." You've heard the story over and over again. Her demise began when she became offended because she wasn't allowed to pass the sacrament in church. A Merry Miss dropout, she was left to idle, worldly pursuits, which have led, sadly, to yet another formulaic outcome. Now she is unmarried, childless, rarely knits, enjoys reading and writing, doesn't go to Relief Society, and is wasting her time, talent and resources on pursuing her doctorate.

And how do we feel about that? Over-the-top, ridiculously, ecstatically proud!

Emily at Rutgers

Emily in Central Park with her ecstatically proud parents
But then, that's what happens to people who quit the church.

23 comments:

  1. Over-the-top, ridiculously, ecstatically proud!
    As you should, Donna and Mark, as you should.

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    1. I actually think I understated our feelings about her!

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  2. That is so awesome!!!

    I got my Ph.D. from Rutgers too!!! :D

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    1. OMG! And Emily went to college in MN. We need to get you 2 together. Hopefully in Europe. ;)

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  3. She must be adopted because she only looks, stands, and smiles exactly like her clone mother. What a wonderful way to spend her youth, pursuing intellectual growth and empowering her future earning potential. Not very Celestial if you ask me.

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  4. What a small world. I just wrapped up my graduate studies at Rutgers this semester.

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  5. C.L. Hanson - We're tentatively planning to spend Christmas with Emily and Daniel in Berlin this year. Maybe it could finally happen!

    D - I'm afraid a PhD won't get her into the CK. Not even close. (sigh)

    AGMB - Small world indeed. Could it be that Rutgers is an oasis for ex-Mormons?!

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    1. Heh. I'll take credit. When I got here a PhD in Spanish tried to fellowship me until he found out I had a husband (also a gay ex-Mormon). That was enough to scare him off.

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    2. Good for you! Emily hasn't run into any Mormons, at least not so far.

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  6. Well, all I can say is it serves all you apostates right!

    (PS - that's a good-looking family right there!)

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  7. Well done, Emily! You're going places!

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  8. Thanks AT and Ahab! As I said, we're ridiculously proud of our little apostate.

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  9. I should add that it's just not right that you all look so happy ... in light of your tragic spiritual fall. You big fakers.

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  10. It's hard to imagine all she has missed! (snicker)

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  11. Poor thing. Her toilet paper rolls are probably bare as opposed to being covered in cutesy chocheted pnik or white poodles. Her toaster probably is in plain sight, as opposed to being covered with a politically incorrect Aunt Jemima-styled African-American slave doll made of fabric remnants .If she's doing so much while out of the church, just think of what she might have accomplished had she stayed in the church. She might have been the next Ann Dibb! God forbid!

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  12. Heather, Jono, and Alexis, I am indeed proud - especially of what she's "missed" even more especially that horrific toilet roll craft!

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  13. i should have explicitly congratulated your dear Emily on her outstanding accomplishments. Sarcasm is great fun and has its place, but one deserves words of sincere praise who has achieved all that she has. Bravo, Emily!

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    1. Thanks Alexis! Sarcasm is great too, and I knew what you meant! :)

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