A sharing moment (stepfamilies with varying religious views)
So last night I was on my way to a New Moon ritual, and SS was playing in the court yard. I told him I was heading out, and that I'd be back in a few hours.
"Where are you going?"
"I'm going to my witch meeting."
"With pretend witches?"
"No honey, with real ones."
"There are real witches?"
"How do you know?"
"Because I am one."
"You're a witch!?"
"You can ask me all about it later kiddo, right now I've got to go."
After ritual I came home right after he went to bed. I went in to give him a kiss.
"Mimi, you smell different."
"I probably smell like sage."
"It's something we burn during ritual."
"To help us clear our minds so we can think."
"For the witch thing?"
"That's my coven necklace."
"Is that a sword on it?"
"What's the circle for?"
"It represents the circle of life and the connection between all things. And the two trees represent everything we see around us, and everything we don't see."
SS put the necklace around his neck, and cackled.
"Most real witches don't laugh like that kiddo. Just the fake ones."
"I was pretending to be a fake one."
"So witches laugh like real people?"
"Witches are real people SS, just like you. Witches are just people that pray differently than you."
"So witches pray differently than normal people?"
"Witches are normal people, not everyone who isn't a witch is exactly like you. You are Christian, and so you pray like a Christian. I'm a witch, and so I pray like a witch."
"Is DD22mo a witch?"
"No. Maybe someday though."
"Is Daddy a witch?"
"He's a boy witch?"
"I've never seen a boy witch before! Is my Mommy a witch?"
"No, your Mommy is a Christian."
"Is my other Daddy a witch?"
"No, he's a Christian too."
"Who else is a witch?"
I ran down the list of people he'd met who were, and told him there were many more he hadn't met yet. This seemed to satisfy him.
"You still smell like sage Mimi." SS breathes into my shoulder.
Just thought I'd share. The subject of our faith hadn't come up before with SS, so I think that went well.