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Parenting Beyond Belief, 2nd Edition by Dale McGowan

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“WHAT ARE WE?”

KATHERINE OZMENT

When I was growing up, most of the kids in my neighborhood were from Italian-Catholic families. They had long, musical last names and skin that tanned easily in the summer. Little crucifixes hung on the walls in their houses. And every Sunday morning their families piled into their station wagons and drove off to attend Mass. On Sunday mornings, my two older brothers and I stayed home. We’d drag our comforters from our bedrooms into the living room and camp out in our pajamas all morning, watching Scooby Doo and playing cards. Later I’d go outside with my mother to help her weed the garden or tend the tomato plants. We were Christian—a mix of Presbyterian and Methodist, to be exact—but not the churchgoing kind. ...

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