I have been toying with this idea for while now – to finally, after 8 years or so, tell my parents that I am an Atheist. Those 8 years consisted of a handful of occasions of me actually going to Church when I was at home and lying about going to Church when I wasn’t. I didn’t like the lying part at all.
I have tried to imagine the actual conversation and thanks to my ever optimistic/paranoid imagination made up various scenarios of how they would react – from kicking me out of the house to telling me that they secretly were the same too.
The actual conversation was way less entertaining. My dad had this disappointed look on his face and gave me that empty threat I have heard one too many times: “You will learn someday”. My mom couldn’t/wouldn’t really grasp this and, from what I could make out, seemed to think that I shifted my religion to something else. A few more words cleared that up.
Some minutes later, after a few calm words and an awkward long silence, the topic shifted and all was back to normal – and it stayed like that. Except for the extra minutes my mom prays to compensate for my lack of prayer and a little more prodding for information.
It makes me wonder, why I never told them anything earlier. Then again, if I would have told them earlier (as a student) they might not have taken me seriously.
Anyways, here is the Disclaimer: Kids, don’t try this at home. (Unless you are fairly certain of the outcome or can handle the consequences). On second thought, go ahead.