Karen, you will love that!!
I was just stepping in the door last night when an up-the-wall excited Lily was almost running me over with giddiness: Mami, Mami, Mami, I'm going to SING!!! With a MICROPHONE!!!!! -- Awesome, Lily! So, where are you singing?? -- In church, Mami, during the service!!
Wait a moment... Did I hear right? We were not going to church before the lantern parade. The plan was to meet her class after church for the parade, together with the other Atheist family in Lily's class. A minute later I was on the phone with the other mom, venting. She told me that two years ago, after we both had successfully skipped the church service, the kindergarten teacher approached her, telling her what a pity it had been that her daughter hadn't been there singing, as she had a very nice voice.
Well, obviously, this year they had decided to prevent the religion-drain, and bind at least one of the kids to the service. I swear, they were sure that we, as parents, could never take all her joy about getting to sing in front of an audience from her? And that we wouldn't. So come tomorrow, hubby's getting to sit through a 30-minute church service, getting to listen to Lily sing, while I walk with Violet to her parade meeting point.
To be honest, we are both honestly pissed off (please excuse the choice of words, but I can't say it any different). There are plenty of opportunities for Lily to sing her solo, they just had a concert for the senior citizens of the town a couple of weeks ago. The teachers know that we are Atheists, that we did not plan on attending the service, so why tying Lily to it like that? She's just a little girl passionate about singing. She'd make it to the 9th ring of hell if a microphone would be waiting for her there, believe me! So why start that power struggle about church with us? Why, I ask you??