THINGS I WASN'T ALLOWED TO DO GROWING UP
SO MANY THINGS this is the list I've been waiting for. Conservative Christian parents are no. joke. (PS the following only apply to when I was at my mom's house. At my dad's there was never a single rule.)
- •Watch TV/moviesAny TV. Any movies. Except bible sing-a-longs, Moody science movies, and the Prayer Bear trilogy, all of which we had on VHS.
- •Wear "revealing" clothingI had breasts by the age of 10, so according to my mother everything was too revealing. She ordered my 5th grade tshirt in an adult xl, and I had to wear it to so many events (class picture day, field day, graduation class party, etc.) Once middle school started she bought me a lot of baggy clothing that made me feel and look like a swamp monster.
- •Go over to friends' houses without my mother first speaking to their parentsThe thought of my mother calling my friend's mother and asking her if she knew the Lord and if her daughter was a good influence and inviting their family to church was too horrifying. So I never went to friends' houses on the weeks I was at my mom's. (Except @mariahcowell because almost kinda same boat.)
- •Listen to Secular MusicCasting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, tobyMac, MercyMe, Jeremy Camp. Ever heard of them? If not, consider yourself truly blessed. This was the world I lived in during any and all car rides with my mother, or when she was feeling particularly soulful while cooking dinner. And I almost didn't live to tell the tale.
- •Read Secular BooksI read a lot of books about martyrs at far too young an age. I really rebelled on this one, though. I would hide Eragon inside my 3-ring zip binder.
- •Wear makeup until high schoolThere were some major spats with my mom over this one. I had so much angst in 8th grade, there was no way I could express it without solid black eyelids. I eventually won out, mostly because my step mom bought me makeup when I was at my dad's house.
- •Make eye contact with boysObviously I wasn't allowed to date, but my mom didn't even want me to be friends with them or exchange pleasantries. She once gave me a talk on ways to make myself less appealing so boys wouldn't approach me. This didn't work, and I dated several guys. But I lived in fear at what would happen should I be discovered. A chastity belt would've probably been involved.
- •Skip "Family Worship"Basically just my step dad going on and on about some minute theological point. Once I got a car and a job I made sure to never be present for this. But for years it was the bane of my existence. Never had the supernatural seemed more poisonously mundane.