I was born and raised a JW. However over the last year my husband and I gradually have faded away. Several times we’ve had discussions with my parents, whom are both in, regarding our disgust for the org and the reason for our decision to leave. They do seem to get upset by how some former “friends” from the hall now treat us, as well as the discrepancies from the Watchtower. I guess not upset enough to follow our lead though. They believe leaving is not the answer. As the common JW saying goes, “Where else would you go?”
My dad is pretty easy going, so usually just stays off the subject. Both of my parents associate with us on a regular basis, so I’m thankful for that. However, my mother (I’m her only child) has been giving me the “on again off again” cold shoulder over the past few months. Not directly, but I can subtly see our relationship is changing.
While growing up I had this special bond with my mom, she was my best friend. Now that she and I don’t share the same beliefs of how we worship God, this bond has been broken. My question is, was this bond only in existence before BECAUSE of our common religious beliefs? Was it never truly there to begin with? I feel that she dislikes the person I’ve become. Feeling that your parents are disappointed in you is one of the hardest things to deal with. Deciding to continue your course of action, despite their disappointment, can be even harder. I don’t know what kind of answers I’m looking for. I know my situation is not unique by any means. Am I just to sensitive?