My daughter will be 21 in a couple of weeks.
So, last year we asked my JW parents if they would like to come round for her 20th birthday, promised not to sing Happy Birthday etc and they came round. I expected a happy acceptance when I rang and asked them to come round for dinner on her 21st.
'Why are you doing these things? You know we don't celebrate birthdays! You didn't used to celebrate the children's birthdays when they were little...why are you doing it now? You know how we feel about it!' was my mother's reply. 'No we will not come.'
I told her I was 'doing it' because I could do whatever I wanted.
I was caught on the hop and did not answer too well and that was the end of the conversation.
However...I was totally astounded by the rage I felt with her. Not so much that she said 'NO' but that she dared to question something perfectly normal that I was doing and imply I was doing something really wrong.
All the kids and myself were disappointed...in fact if we had a swear box, (which the kids keep threatening to get for me) they think I might have made a substantial donation to the box last night and that we would all be on our way to a holiday in Barbados, that's how cross I was.
We had dinner. I turned round to see where the twins had gone and they were on the internet.....they were on a 'Adopt a Grandparent' site!
Well this is how it is for my kids. My husbands' JW parents who live 100 yards up the road turn their backs on me and the children when ever they see us, even their little 6 year old grand daughter.
My parents, who can be reasonable sometimes, never invite us to family gatherings and never invite us all around anymore. They rubbed our noses into the fact that they had bought an enormous extending table for when they have the JW relatiaves around and even had my husband help my father collect it in his work van.
What a bunch of shit heads!!!!!!
I am so sick of these stupid JWs!!!! I could spit!
OK! I feel better now!