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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Like Father, Like Daughter

How many of you live with two people that are exactly alike? I do. Wesley and Gerry are both musicians, both photographers, both good writers, both introverts, and on and on. They are so much alike and have such a great relationship. Like Jen Mecca, Gerry took care of Wes when she was small and I was traveling all over the country. When he couldn't, his mom and dad did. Today, for Father's Day, we went to Antioch Baptist Church near Charlotte where Gerry's dad was the guest preacher, then we went out to lunch with the family. Wesley grew up going to that church as a small child when her grandparents were keeping her and many of the people there still remembered her. Just a small country church with people that have good simple lives. Gerry's dad told the story about Jonah being swallowed by a fish, and for the life of me I still can't get my head around these "tall tales". Are they just metaphors, because there are a whole bunch of southern baptists that truly believe this fish vomited out a man after he walked about inside for three days. I just don't know..... (my mom is screaming at me right now). Gerry grew up a preacher's kid and my mom had me in church at least three times a week. We don't go to church, much to our parent's dismay, but I think we have raised a very spiritual child with a good and kind heart. Everyone loves her and enjoys being around her because of her kindness and sense of peace you get when you are with her. I like the music in church and the ritual of it, but every time I go, I leave shaking my head with so many questions. The southern church culture is a strange thing to me. Anyway, hope all the dads out there had a great day, we did! Oh the photo, Gerry and Wesley in front of the Broome Street Bar in Soho, NY. My favorite bar in the whole world! One day I want to open one just like it. (my mom is screaming again, she doesn't approve of alcohol, another one of those church things I shake my head about!) Happy Day!

5 comments:

Linda Starr said...

Religion doesn't make a good person that's for sure.

cookingwithgas said...

Amen-
You have done a great job with your daughter.
And what a great relationship you all have with one another.

Patricia Griffin said...

with you there on the church thing. Big difference between church/religion and spirituality. While I'm sure that church feels a great and good purpose in many peoples lives, it's just not where I can get filled up.

How cool that your daughter and her dad have such a great relationship.

jimgottuso said...

i'm with you on the church thing and very refreshing to see it written here... disappointing to family here too about no church for the munchkin but i don't believe that people make those decisions lightly and secretly think they are doing something wrong, we think we're doing the right thing just like the people who are disappointed.

Hollis Engley said...

That church thing can be a tough one for families. I'm married to a preacher's kid (Methodist), grandkid, great-grandkid, great-great-grandkid, niece, etc. All wrapped up in one woman. She's an Episcopalian and I'm a sometimes Buddhist after being raised Methodist. Parents and everyone else just have to get over it and think about more important things.