So yesterday I decided to make the twice yearly call I attempt to my parents. We aren't very close, and that's partially because they are right wing, god fearing, gun toting, religious types. That isn't something that people from my family can agree to disagree on. While on the phone with one of my aunts, I was telling her my present woes and she offered to pray for me.
In the background I heard my mom yell. "You shouldn't say that! She's an atheist!"
To which my aunt yelled back, "So? I'm not!" and then return to the conversation as if nothing had transpired.
As petty as this sounds, this is a big deal for me.
The thought of my mother even admitting my atheism out loud, let alone to another person...and then let alone again to a person from her family....is huge. Moments later when my aunt handed the phone over, she didn't even launch into one of her usual Glen Beck style tirades. In fact, neither religion nor politics were brought up at all.
It was a pleasant conversation. Nice enough, in fact...I might make an effort for a few more calls a year.