Monday, January 15, 2007

Questions

Scott writes: That essay is almost too well written to buy that it's from a little girl. How did your daughter learn to write so well?

I'm not really sure how/why she is so gifted with language. Possums 1 and 2 are both great writers. Possum 1 has been able to write since she was roughly four (possibly a bit younger). She's been reading since she was two. So, I think that- in part- she's just been exposed to writing for a few additional years (compared to her cohorts). All of our kids have been read to since they were in utero. And, more importantly, my DH and I have tried to make reading a comforting and engaging activity. We frequently read the same books that they do, so that we can discuss them. We also do not dictate, excluding pornography or extremely violent content, what they may or may not read. Any work of non-fiction is fair game. Any topic is fair game. We also read aloud more than the average family. It's not uncommon for someone to read an article from the paper or a magazine at the table. We also listen to NPR and other "spoken word" programs. This last activity has helped them hone their writing skills in an immeasurable way. Basically, we love words. Words are an art in themselves and we encourage all of the possums to engage in the creation of a masterpiece. :)

Anonymous asks: What do you do on Sundays, since you don't go to church?
It depends. Sunday is usually a day for us to catch up on housework and hang out together. We talk. We read. We play board games. We just enjoy being a family. The DH and I realize that our eldest two are getting older and they're going to become more and more involved in extracurricular activities soon. So, we're trying to enjoy them while they still want us around. :)

15 comments:

Kathryn said...

What do you do on Sunday? That seems an odd question. To me, at least. There are a lot of people who aren't atheists but don't go to church on Sunday. My dad went to Mass six days a week after he retired, but NOT Sunday - since the church lets you count Satuday night for Sunday.

We don't attend church. We often get woke up at 10 a.m. by the in-laws weekly call, watch football - hey it starts at 10 a.m. out here! LOL

Paul said...
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Paul said...

Sorry about the above. I'll read more carefully this time.

"What do you do on Sundays, since you don't go to church?"

What a silly question...unless the questioner, herself, spends the entire day at church. Anonymous, what do you do on Sundays, after you've come home from church? I'd be willing to bet that, with the exception of those couple of hours in the morning, your Sunday is very similar to the possums', or anybody else's.

BaconEating AtheistJew said...

Ask her if she thinks "a lot" is one word or two:)

Aerik said...

What do we do on sundays since we don't go to church? Probably similar things that billions of christians do on sundays when they either can't go to church, don't bother, or are so fucking poor in their country that there isn't a church to speak of. What an idiot.

Evan said...

What do you do on Saturday, since you don't go to temple?

Anonymous said...

I have the same question, although some context might make it seem a little less silly.

Around here, church is the "3rd place" for a lot of people - not work, not home, but the place where you create a social network of people you enjoy spending time with and can count on in a pinch. Aside from the required supernatural beliefs, it seems like a great concept - getting together weekly to talk about some of the important things in life and share stories about people of character (william and his kind excepted). Not to mention the organizational abilities that a congregation has to do some good in the community.

Do you have a replacement activity for that 3rd place? How do you approach charity and organization with others for community projects? This is from a parent who is struggling with some of these questions. I'd like some of the social benefits for my children, but am uncomfortable with them getting an education in faith that I don't support myself.

Allison said...

Count me in with those laughing at the "what do you do on Sunday" question.

Once I finally made a conscious decision to not go to church (as opposed to running late, then feeling guilt-ridden about it), I realized that Sunday can be a wonderful day for all kinds of activity. For me, Sunday was a day to hike -- being in the outdoors is my kind of divine experience. Having declared as atheist/agnostic, I don't see that changing a bit. Whether I'm connecting with God or with myself, the divinity of the experience still exists.

Anonymous, I know I'm still working on the social network part -- but there's too much cognitive dissonance involved for me to join a church for the pure purpose of "fellowship."

Anonymous said...

It isn't a silly question, we can all nose into others lives with questions like this.

Meanwhile, "what do you do on Saturdays when you aren't at the synagogue?", and "what do you do on Fridays when you aren't at the Mosque"? I'm just nosey.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile, "what do you do on Saturdays when you aren't at the synagogue?", and "what do you do on Fridays when you aren't at the Mosque"? I'm just nosey.

Let's just say for argument's sake that the point of the question is whether an Atheist parent provides other activities, groups, or functions in place of a religious activity with social networking, be it on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or whatever.

The post is titled "Questions" so I'd think asking questions is ok, even nosey ones. Sheesh.

john_m_burt said...

What do you folks do on the night of the new Moon each month? Just sit around watching TV? How sad and empty your lives must be!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous asks: What do you do on Sundays, since you don't go to church?


My wife and I spend it having sex, playing with puppies and solving the problem of world poverty.

Anonymous said...

I'm confused by the insinuation that your daughter didn't write the essay. Do these people think you were sitting next to her in class when the assignment was handed out?

Atheist in a mini van. said...

I'm confused by the insinuation that your daughter didn't write the essay. Do these people think you were sitting next to her in class when the assignment was handed out?

I don't know what they think. *shrugs* It's not as if I could ever give those people evidence enough to convince them, so they will have to remain skeptical, I suppose. :)

Skepticism isn't a bad thing. In this case, their assumption is wrong, but they're entitled to their assumption (that a seventh grader couldn't have written this).

Ah well...if I can question the existence of God, they're certainly allowed to question the vocabulary and usage of a child.

Martin Wagner said...

What do I do on Sundays? Same thing I do every day. Enjoy the day!