I have so many other choice profanities that work for me - have never found myself saying "JHChrist" or "jesus!" - it doesn't bother me to hear it though, unless my 15 year old son says it. Even then, it's more of a "mother worrying about her kid insulting someone" kinda thing...
What you said here, however, strikes me as a significant achievement
But a new thing for me is that I didn't offer any explanations nor excuses why. I simply said "That's nice of you to say" and went on my merry way. I think I've made some progress as I used to tell them why (bogus excuses), but now it's not their business and I refused to be put on the defensive by them.
I have moved to a new place where no jw's know me, so I get to avoid those difficult encounters. The few times I DID have to politely endure the platitudes and predictable remarks from a former borg acquaintance, I was left quite shaken. --->There you are, having to talk to people who used to be your so-called "family", having to pretend that all's just fine and whatever, when you KNOW that they're thinking you are a freak, currently worshiping satan, AND that they will discuss at great length - while shaking their heads over the shame of it - the certain demise of your sorry ass as soon as you are out of hearing range....
It was so cool for me to read how you sailed through a potentially difficult encounter; you apparently have come to terms with what you stand for. Big applause here from laura, who would probably still wimp out if she had jw neighbors (or become very confrontational!)
My first husband (many clearances under his belt) taught me an important lesson: the Need to Know policy. In your case, such came to mind: the less information you provide them with, the less there is for them to misinterpret, discuss at your expense, and speculate about.... and less need for you to feel obligated to be polite, accommodating, or stifled.
Good going, and thanks for the example!!!!
Take care, laura