Ran into some JWs today. Was out to lunch at a restaurant with 2 of my kids. There were 2 tables full of JWs, I wondered what the occasion was. The JWs couldnt return my greeting of hello to them, (Im not da or df). They did however carry on a conversation with my sons. One is in his 20s and moved out and married, the other is a teenager and still at home. The JWs were asking about where the older one lived.
I hate the fact that they try to target my kids. When we first left the CO came to see our oldest son. We work together at our family business and I was working the counter when the CO came in with another brother. He asked to speak with M for a few minutes, so I called him to the front and then pretended to be busy. Apparently the accompanying brother didnt tell the CO who I was. The CO started talking about my husband and me to our son and told our son that you dont always have to listen to your parents, and you dont always have to obey them. I didnt say a word and eventually the CO left.
The very next day the CO came back and said:Sadie, I didnt realize who you were. I was so angry at him and I told him I did not appreciate what he had said to our son and that he was telling our son to disrespect us. I told him that you are not going to split this family apart. I then told him he would have to leave as I was very upset with him. Of course there was another brother with him and several different renditions of this were spread through several congregations. I was a marked woman from then on for speaking my mind to the CO.
The CO did come back on his next visit a few months later, he apologized to me and brought me some printed out article from the bound volume, ones about dont hate Jehovah and stuff like that. We had a long talk and he said he felt I had drawn away disciple after me(my own family) but they werent going to do anything if I kept my mouth shut to others outside my family and my husband was my head, so they would have to deal through him to deal with me.
On his next visit he came to our house, and my husband answered the door. He stood in the doorway, blocking the COs entrance. The younger kids were playing behind my husband. The CO said, he had come to see the children to see how they were, if they missed their friends at the Kingdom Hall. He called out to them and tried to go around my husband. My husband is a big man and just leaned toward the CO and said why dont you leave my kids out of this? The CO nearly fell backwards, the brother behind him looked shocked that my husband would do this. They left and never came back. Theres been rumors that my husband has said he does not want witnesses at our home and so no one has been by in over 3 years.
But they try to talk or keep in contact with our kids.