2 May 1982

Sun May II

Lay about nearly all day. Pleasant morning as Lisa + Kevin were out at Sunday School. Mrs Jacksons dad came round this afternoon.

Sunday School was something of a strange affair in our house. For a start, it was something which I never went to at any time in my life. As the offspring of two parents with very divergent backgrounds in this respect – one brought up yards from a church, one brought up very much outside of it – I have always felt that we were pretty much left to make our own minds up so far as religion was concerned.

With this in mind, I am not sure how it came to be that Lisa and Kevin went to Sunday School when neither Karen nor I did. It could be something as simple as them asking to go. I think it more likely that it was connected to schooling.

Karen and I went to schools which, though there was a strongly Christian element to them, were never closely aligned with one branch of Christianity or another. However, Mum and Dad took a decision would send Lisa and Kevin to a different junior school, a good school which happened to be aligned with the Roman Catholic church. There were good reasons for this, but they were not, so far as I am aware, connected to faith at all.

So strong was the religious environment at that school that it took a long time for me to realise that the song my little brother and sister would occasionally sing was ‘Welcome to our Mass today’ and not ‘We can’t do our maths today’!

Whether or not this strong religious trait had any bearing upon the fact that, both here and in England, they went to Sunday School I do not know. What I do know is that I was glad to have them out of the house for a couple of hours. That was nothing personal. I was such a loner that I was glad to get any of the other five members of the household out of it for a while.


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2 Responses to 2 May 1982

  1. Karen says:

    Yep, they asked to go to Sunday School!

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