This morning I took my dog who is a therapy dog over to the hospital and visited with several patients. It is quite an experience, and it really helps people undergoing medical treatment to calm down and relax.
My wife was one of those patients, she is undergoing some tests before getting her gall bladder removed which will probably be sometime tomorrow.
Afterwards I took the dog home, cleaned her up, and changed my clothes. Since I was alone I drove over to Panara to try one of their breakfast sandwiches, several of the nurses told me that they are pretty good. So I go in, order, turn around and suddenly felt like I was in a jw convention hall. Many witnesses that I knew for years were waiting for their food, standing in line, or walking thru the door. I was shocked to say the least !
I made eye contact with several, and they all quickly looked away, one sister gave me one of those "you slime of the earth" type looks and I just said to myself,, forget trying to be decent to these people.
So I got my food, and found an empty booth and just sat there looking around,, witnesses everywhere !
And as I sat there it really hit me how conditional friendships are with the jw's. There were people that I had known for around 30 years, and not one would meet my gaze. And here they are going door to door looking for new people to follow their belief system, the looks, avoidance, and general feeling of coldness really made me see how much time I wasted being a witness. If you don't believe 100% of what our religion teaches, and you're not serving us all of the time something is wrong with you.
By the way, I da'ed myself about three years ago.