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September 16th, 2006, 04:35 PM
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Well, it looks like we will be spending about a month and a half in central and south american with relatives starting November 13th. Originally, we were just going to visit my family in Panama for a week at Thanksgiving, but due to some health issues in my husband's family, we are extending out trip until the beginning of January.

Dh has been working on talking his company into allowing him to promote product in central and south america to allow for us to take this long trip. On one hand, Ive been cheering for him, but now that he has clearence and is starting this program for his company, I can't get my mind off the length of this trip.

And it's not because I don't want to be away that long or the traveling; I miss family and I can't wait to see them all.


There is already jokes coming my way via email about "converting" our kids. Ok, they are just jokes...but this is the longest I have spent in these countries since we got out of them about a decade ago! The weight of noncatholic guilt when I go for just a week is astounding.

They pray in the morning, at meals, before car trips to the store. You can't refuse to go to Church without family breaking down into tears. There's crosses everywhere....etcetc

When I was there, I never saw it as really bothering me...it was a backdrop to life almost, but now that we are non believers, I feel like it presses in on your harder.

And, what's worse, my oldest daughter can understand now and a month....I can only imagine the things they will say to her when my husband and I are not there.

I don't know how to handle my apprehension about this. A month and a half is a looooong time.

I don;t know if I'm asking for advice of trying to just get this off my mind. But here it is.

ETA: I should add my daughter is three so when I mean "understand" I suppose I mean more that she can be communicated to/ about this.
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September 17th, 2006, 02:27 PM
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That does sound stressful. I guess you could have a low-key nightly chat with your daughter and if the coversation leads to religion help her understand that even though some people believe, you and your husband have chosen to not believe. At three I bet she'll ask a lot of why questions. I used to know a website where you could buy books for young children to help them understand religion from an atheist point of view. I couldn't find it but if I do I'll post it on here.

Good luck! If you can get on the computer feel free to come gripe to us.

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September 21st, 2006, 04:26 PM
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Ooh Naynay...if you find that link, please do post it!

Well, I wish you the best on your trip Isabellamom. My family are all RC and I know the guilt thing all too well. Add into the mix the cultural superstition (I have a Latino and Italian family) and it's magnified.

I'm not even sure where to begin with a 3 year old. My older 2 kids were not really exposed to it on a regular basis, and when they were that age, I was still teetering on the idea myself. Our youngest one will most def. have questions that the first two didn't have until later, so I'm trying to prepare ahead of time....like the commercial where the mom is talking to her daughter about not smoking cigarettes while she's sitting in the high-chair
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September 21st, 2006, 11:27 PM
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I wish you the best of luck! I don't have any great words of advice except, have a good time and count to ten a lot.
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September 22nd, 2006, 11:42 AM
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I wish you the best of luck! I don't have any great words of advice except, have a good time and count to ten a lot. [/b]

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