One of my brothers knows I'm an atheist (though he probably thinks it's a 'phase'), and my sister probably has a good idea that I am. I am not looking to ruffle any feathers, but I am kind of annoyed that I am being asked to walk up to the altar, bow, and lead the recessional prayer. For the uninitiated, this means I will say after each prayer offering "let us pray" and everyone will respond "lord hear our prayer", as Catholic drones are wont to do.
My parents seem to have no idea that I'm an atheist, although I'm sure they know I haven't gone to mass in a decade or more. My Mom once asked if I believed in angels or demons and I laughed and said "No, I do not." She then asked if I believe in the Devil, I just said something like "No but I believe that a lot of shitty things happen to good people." She stopped short of asking if I believe in god, maybe because she didn't want to hear the answer. BTW it would probably crush her since I went to 17 years of catholic school, and she uses the fake word "prayerfully" in place of "hopefully". Example: "I woke up with a little head cold today, prayerfully it will go away before the barbeque this weekend."
So as I said, I don't want to bring any drama to my parents 50th wedding anniversary, which is obviously a HUGE deal and something I'm very happy about and proud of, so I am just going to grin and bear it; but at the same time I wish I had a way out of this. Maybe this sore throat/cough I have had will turn into full fledged laryngitis by tomorrow? Maybe I'll go to karaoke tonight and sing a lot of Led Zeppelin til my voice disappears? Flying Spaghetti Monster, please let it be so.