I need to write vents on "politique" more often. I've loved reading what everyone has to say.
As far as the polygamy bit -- I think Danny and I need to start praying for these families (you might think about doing the same if you haven't yet. But you're probably already doing that.) It takes me a while, people...
Anyway, I feel so sorry for the moms who have had their kids taken right out form underneath them; but Em, Miss (and the rest of you, it sounds like...) I have to agree with you... even under the banner of "religious freedom," I don't think it's ok for a man to take a 13-year old to be even his "spiritually" wedded wife.
One time in St. George a couple of teenage polygamists came into Maurices to shop. I was with one of my girl friends and I was so sick of "averting" my eyes... you see a lot of polys in SG... and I think there's like this unwritten rule that we don't talk to them and they don't talk to us.
But anyone that know me, knows that wouldn't fly with me for too long... so of course, I wanted to strike up a conversation.
First off, I felt like they were judging me because I had on a strappy tank and a mini skirt of sorts (this was a few years ago, obviously). Anyway, they seemed REALLY taken aback that I would be talking to them (again, the "lepers" code of conduct and all.)
It's like we looked down at them because they were so weird living on the compound... and they looked at us, like we were so evil and vein and part of the world.
These two teenage girls told me they covered themselves up; and that it was completely their choice to be where they are. There was a part of me that respected them for not being scantily clad (that's a big step for a teenager, eh?); but I didn't have the cahones (sp?) to ask them if they were married to their uncles....
I kind of wished I had...
Like I said, they seemed pretty resolute that they were choosing into their lifestyle.
So here's my question --
a) scarier to believe you have a choice in your life when really you are trapped?
b) to believe that you have no choice in your situation in life and just feel that you are trapped, playing the victim?
I hope I am choosing not be trapped, not playing the victim and always having choices.
PS. Fred is dead (our mouse). Danny found him under the fridge today. I wanted to have a wake, but Danny decided it was best to just throw him away. I hope he goes to rodent paradise and realizes that I tried to work it out with him.