48 hours

To begin with, as soon as I started actually paying attention how religion takes a part in my daily life I was kind of overwhelmed.  The very first thing I noticed that I was oblivious to before was how my house has a cross in every room, every single room, bathrooms included. The second was that I actually wear I golden cross necklace around my neck at all times even though I’m not religious at all. Its one of those things that I’ve had for so long that I don’t even remember when I got it or that I’m even wearing it. It was a gift from my mom when I was a lot younger and even though I told her I’m not religious she insists that I wear it for her, and I do because it was a gift and at this point its more about what it means to me that my mom gave it rather than what the symbol says to anyone else. I also noticed that the position of the crosses was also very interesting. They all hang either the entrances of the room or over the beds in any bedroom.

Another major thing I noticed was in the language people use, for instance, I was listening to my mom talk over the phone and I heard her use a phrase she uses all the time but I never really bothered to pay attention to it. she said “si dios quiere”, which literally translates to if God wants it. Sounded kind of dark if you ask me especially to just be thrown into a non-important conversation about planning to hang out on the weekend but to them it was completely normal.

As far as the phrase bless you vs. God bless you I realized I hear young people saying bless you and I hear some of the older generations saying god bless you. which was about what I expected it to be like in all honesty. Overall I was mostly overwhelmed by how it is all over my house and I had just managed to ignore it

1 thought on “48 hours

  1. “bless you” is a phrase that i’ve been using less and less as of recently. for one, i think it’s unnecessary — we don’t have to acknolwedge a person’s every bodily function. and second, it is inherently religious. sure, people use the term “blessings” in non-religious context, but i know the phrase didn’t begin that way.

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