So for a quick recap for my newer readers: I have never officially come out of the broom closet to my in-laws. I never hid it from them per say. I wear an ankh necklace and a pentacle ring daily. A visit to my home and you will see Egyptian books scattered on the living room table, an altar nearby, and a bookshelf dedicated to spiritual books (not just pagan, there are some bibles and a Koran in there as well) with 4 or 5 tarot decks sitting on top. I have got egyptian statuettes all over my house along with a couple of wall hangings. On my car is a bumper sticker for Mother Grove Temple and for Beltane I decorated it for our road trip (triple goddess moon, god symbol, big letters yelling “BELTANE BLESSINGS”). But I just never vocally mentioned that I was pagan.
How does one do that? I don’t think I ever did it with my parents. And I never cared what they thought anyway and yet they know. But I LIKE my in-laws and I know what their spiritual beliefs are and feared I would somehow scare them to death. Or maybe I just feared a really tough discussion that ended badly? Regardless I finally mentioned it to my hubs in the car on the way to Lowe’s last night. I have been feeling a need to be “out of the broom closet” with them even though I wasn’t really sure why. I am not one of those people that runs around shouting “I AM A WITCH” every chance I get. I am more of “ask me and I will tell you, otherwise it’s not your business” type person. So this need to clear the air, so to speak, was leaving me feeling a bit odd to be honest.
Well ya know what, the hubs outed me a long time ago. Apparently his mom asked him because she didn’t want to put any pressure on me! LOL! I need to hug her next time I see her. He said that she has known for a few years now (I have only been pagan 8 years and we have been together 15 years) and has been concerned about asking if the kids can go to church with her. She has asked and I am ok with it. I think I need to really talk to her and let her know that my spirituality is mine and the kids are free to explore their own and church is always the option. I think until she hears it from my own voice she will always worry about asking and that’s just unnecessary stress.
So where do you stand with family? Have you discovered that people knew more than you realized?
P.S. The page for Wheel of the Year is done. Sadly I don’t have a review up today as I realized I need a few things for it. I will have it up by end of this week I hope!