I guess I will be counting the 'unlikes' and the unfollows' after this one:
I often receive emails and comments offering prayer for Kate and our family. I usually respond with things like, "thank you for the kind words" or "we appreciate your thoughts." The truth is I am agnostic bordering on atheist and I always cringe a little at my phoney reply. It is not that I do not appreciate the positivity and the kindness; it is just that I hate pretending to be something I am not. I feel like anger towards people who reject religion might be the last socially acceptable predjudice. I am not here to debate the existence of God. I will leave that to @Godlessspellchecker. (Before you check him out I must warn you that you may experience a level of cognitive dissonance you are not ready for.) I just wanted to be real with the readers of this blog.
My grandparents were very involved in the Catholic Church. I attended Catechism. I took my first (and last) communion. I understand that world. I just don't live there anymore.
Our home is not without spirituality as the Buddha statues on my mantle with tell you. I enjoy reading about all of the great leaders and philosophers. I will encourage my girls to do the same.
I guess I am basically finally admitting that I don't need you to, 'pray away the autism'…we are good, thanks.
Grace and Kate's mom. (Shanell)