I love ironic moments…

23 May

…like just now.  I’m at home, cleaning house, sun is shining, working on an iTunes playlist…

Start blaring one particular song – because it’s meant to be played loud.  Great Big Sea’s “Straight to Hell”.

Cue doorbell.

Actually, cue dog barking hysterically, so I shoo her out the back door, then answer the front door.  To find a lovely older man in a tweed coat who’d like to talk to me about God.

Who knew there were Jehovah’s Witnesses in Ireland?

So there I am, trying to plead my spiritual case with “No, really, we’re pretty Catholic here.” and “Yes, we do own several Bibles.”  I did not go all Eliza Doolittle on him with a “I’m a good girl I am!”  Nor did I state “I swear, I’m NOT a heathen!”

But he was a lovely man with a lovely accent, who nicely told me a few things about his faith, and then we chatted about the sunny weather,  wished each other a good day and he went on his way.  I’m not sure he bought the fact that I can be religious, and I don’t blame him.  Not with the lyrics floating out of my windows.

Ah well, it gave me a giggle.  And I’ve cursed in front of nuns before, so I’m going to hell anyway.


…this is the song…you’ll understand why I needed to play it loudly…



5 Responses to “I love ironic moments…”

  1. Jessica May 23, 2012 at 5:50 am #

    We live in an apartment building. There’s now a code lock on the door to the building and the ratio of door sellers and Jehovah’s witnesses has dwindles to basically zero.
    The last couple of visits by Jehovah’s witnesses coincided with me being on the way to an appointment the first time. I literally swung our door just as they were to press the ring. That prompted them to come back. Now, we have a crucific on our hallroom wall. Quite large one. You’d think they’d notice. They didn’t. So I did, too, find myself wrapped into quite an odd conversation.

    I do respect different aspects of faith. But I don’t preach to others of what I believe to be, I appreciate not being preached to.

    • phoebz4 May 23, 2012 at 5:54 am #

      as long as people are polite, I don’t mind. Sometimes, one of us learns something new.

      However, there was one time a certain Christian denomination came to our door (not JW), inviting us to their church. My husband said “Sounds great, and if I may extend a similar invitation?” They smiled and said “Why sure! Where do you go?” We said Local Catholic Church’s name, watched them go pale with horror and stammer as they started their instant retreat. We got a good giggle over that one.

  2. Jessica May 23, 2012 at 6:26 am #

    The ones who has come my way has always been a dab too persistent, dare I say aggressive in their approach. Plus they always seem to come in pairs. I have, on occassion, gotten into interesting conversations with people that are mormons (or 7 day adventists). If nothing else, it does intrigue me that they study language for their destination to the point of being fluent in a matter of months. Or discuss different aspects of islam over tea and enjoy the discussion, having it end in a way that implies more agreement than disagreement.

    I prefer, though, to choose my own discussions. And then have it be discussions, not preaching to the other of what to believe.

  3. Mary Marianne Lynch Trana May 23, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    LOLOLOL, I have a dear friend who is a Nun. Sister Mary Catherine taught me all through my high school years at a Single Sex (All Girls) Catholic College Preparatory High School in DC, and we have remained friends all these 30+ years. Anyway, I was emailing her a story recently and in the note I typed, “LMAO!” Her response: “are you cursing at me?” I fell on the floor laughing! God love her for her patients. LOLOLOL

    p.s. LOVE the song and you are right… it does need to be played LOUDLY!!!! lololol

  4. charlie May 23, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Loved your post and appreciate your sharing your life with us. When someone comes to my door, I’m always polite to people, offer them something to drink and ask if they need a bathroom. I explain very kindly that I will listen to what they have to say if they will take the time to answer my questions. I have a degree in theology and have studied most religions so I have the ability to ask questions that undermine their arguments and hopefully make them rethink their conclusions. But, I promise, I do so kindly and hope to help them, just as they are trying to help me understand something different. If I perceive they are in a nefarious cult (not a recognized religion) I ask them if they wish to contact their family, if they are being abused in any way and if they need help or a safe place to be.

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