A couple days ago in my 'Bad' Parenting List post, I'd mentioned that the Vs will not be going to vacation Bible school (VBS). Over the past few days I've had a couple notices put on my front door with an invitation for my kiddo to attend a VBS week at a local church. As we're non-theist/atheist/Satan worshippers-by-default, I chucked them into the trash along with the rest of my junk mail, and pretty much put them out of my mind - Until Today (cue suspenseful music).
After getting Little V down for a nap and Vlad settled in with some Harry Potter, I started to do some virology homework. When I glanced up from my computer, I noticed an official-looking dark sedan making its way down my driveway - and as any military wife can tell you, I instantly went cold all over. I sat at the computer, unable to swallow or breathe, until the knock came at my door. When Vlad ran to the door and announced "Hey, some old ladies are here!" I'm not ashamed to admit that I almost fell on the floor because my muscles, which had been rigid from head to toe, instantly relaxed. It took me a second before I could answer the door.
Okay, the scary part's over :)
Anyway, I got to the door and opened it to see a couple ladies standing there (maybe a few years older than me, so thanks, Big V) smiling and holding Bibles. Oy, vey.
Lady #1: "HI! WE WERE JUST CHECKING TO SEE IF YOU'D GOTTEN OUR INVITATION TO ATTEND OUR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL IN JULY!" I blinked. "Um, hello; did you used to be a cheerleader?" Lady #1 flashed me a big smile, and if she hadn't been holding her Bible she probably would have given me spirit fingers. "WELL YES! HOW'D YOU KNOW?!?!?!?!?" I smiled back and replied, "I'm a really good guesser."
Lady #2 cleared her throat. "We have a van that will be picking up and dropping off all the children, and they'll be given snacks along with their other activities. My children just love going every year!" I gave her a patient smile and replied, "That's nice, and I appreciate the invitation, but we're not interested." Both women looked a bit taken aback. "Well, it sure is a lot of fun! We'll have games, and they'll do a craft each night, and they'll also get to participate in a play, which parents just love to watch on our final night!" #1 exclaimed. "I'm sure they do," I replied, "but we don't go to church. Thank you for the invitation though."
At this point, most people would probably say "You're welcome, please call back if you change your mind," and leave. However, these women apparently took my remarks as a challenge, and decided to proceed accordingly.
Lady #2: "Well, we do believe we have a calling by God to bring as many people as possible into His fold. May we come in and read to you a few verses that might explain a little better our mission here on earth?" I shook my head. "No thank you; I'm really not interested, and I prefer to tend to my children's moral needs without interference from other organizations."
Lady #1 (cheerleader smile still in place): "Oh, but it's not just another organization! Our church has a great turnout every week, and we have people from all kinds of faiths that like to attend! It's really informal, our pastor's really young and our young people just adore him! We're open to all kinds of people, and one of the reasons we have such a large youth gathering is because we're a little more progressive than what you might be thinking of with more traditional churches." #2 chimed in: "In fact, it might be a bit of a break for you, to relax and let the kids run around with a bunch of other kids and just have some fun!"
They both waited with expectant smiles.
I leaned against the doorway. "I do have a question." Both ladies leaned forward. "If a Scientologist came to your door and invited your kids to vacation Scientology school, would you let them go?"
They both looked aghast. "Absolutely not!" they both said, nearly in unison.
I smiled. "And I am absolutely not interested in sending my son to Vacation Bible School. Thank you," and gently closed the door.