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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Our Naïveté is Revealed

Darwin and I had our first mint juleps ever last night. I expected to love them since I have a special affection for all things mint, but they were only OK. I don't think I'm going to be sipping them on my front porch too often.

Another new experience last night was our first visit to an Episcopalian church. The church right across the street from us is St. Stephens Episcopal, and we've been thinking about visiting. Then our neighbors invited us for a BBQ there, so it was the perfect opportunity.

Everyone was super nice, and the BBQ sauce was amazing. But one thing was very, very different from the church gatherings we are accustomed to ... alcohol.

Darwin and I were both raised Baptist (Free Will Baptist for him, Southern Baptist for me), and at a Baptist church you do NOT drink. Or at least you pretend like you don't drink and make scandalized faces when everybody gossips about a church member who was witnessed out boozing.

My favorite joke:
Why must you always invite at least two Baptists to a party?
Because if you only invite one, he'll drink all your beer.

The church we attended for the first year of our marriage - the church Darwin was raised in - is as old-fashioned and conservative as they come. I don't know how we made it out of there with our sanity intact, but somehow we did.

Now that we're in Eutaw, that church is a good hour away, so at least the pleas to return have trickled to a stop. Darwin still sings in a gospel group with his dad and some other folks, mostly on Sundays, and that has somewhat disrupted our plans to begin going regularly to a new church.

Plus, we're lazy.

And I'm none too eager to get back in the routine of sitting through sermons that make me clench Darwin's pants leg to keep from yelling at the preacher and storming out of there.

But maybe the Episcopal church would be different. What's not to love about a place that serves Corona and BBQ on Wednesday night?


jm said...

It's when I hear about beer at church BBQ's that I am reminded of my party hearty Catholic childhood. Wine...it's not just for Sundays anymore. :)

6:54 PM  
Greg said...

Not being a religious man myself it is always refreshing to hear someone joke about their own faith while still being committed to it. We need more of that in this country. Thank you.

9:58 PM  
Anonymous said...

Welcome Sister!
We too live in a small southern town and have found the beauty of the Episcopal church. Unfortunately, we have to drive 45 minutes to get to ours but it's well worth the effort. It has saved my sanity and my soul! It's the best kept secret in the south.

11:04 PM  
Kasmira said...

Have you tried a mojito? They are minty and good! I've never had a mint julep, but the ingredients (besides the mint) didn't look to appetizing.

6:09 AM  
Kristin said...

All this time I was thinking mint juleps would be green! Boy, was I in for a surprise when they looked like any regular drink. :) I haven't tried mojitos, but I saw a lady make some on the Food Network the other day. Must try that. They're green, right?

8:47 AM  
merideth said...

i'm so glad to see kasmira comment on the mojito as i was on my way to do so when i read her comment...never touch the evil mint julep when the delightful mojito is available...

and congrats on the new more...um...forward-thinking church family ;)

2:42 PM  
Blair said...

Oh, you must try a mojito... if you like mint AND lime that is!

5:35 PM  
Anonymous said...

OK, what's a "mojito"? Let's see the recipe, or maybe Kristin can just make some and invite us all to try it. K

9:09 PM  

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