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Confused Beliefs at a Tender Age Part 1

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Confused Beliefs at a Tender Age Part 1

It's safe to assume I had a pretty unorthodox childhood. The blunt of the trauma and confusion being from an innocently named building known as the Stonehouse. Though after the assembly broke up, I believe they changed it to Foundations. Doesn't really matter. My beliefs were muddied back then, when I was a tyke just making it through the day with as much happiness that I could muster. My siblings, however, had it much worse than I. My sister Michelle, thirteen years my senior, grew up without a television set. It's not because we were poor or anything. I wish I could say we were, however; I would even like to say it was because mom and dad were strict and didn't want TV rotting our brains, but unfortunately that's not the case. Watching TV is the work of the devil... didn't you know that? Well I used to believe that anyway. I remember sitting in the living room watching it in secret while dad was away. I remember him saying, in a stern voice "So it seems we're watching TV now, is that it?" It wasn't a question though. He stormed out of the room and we didn't watch anymore TV. He was an Elder of the Stonehouse Christian Church. And that meant business. The great sins according to that house of God were as follows: no guys shall wear sleeveless shirts, nor shall they take off their shirts while swimming (it was always so fun getting that soppy mess of fabric off my chest, after a day at the pool), no one is permitted to listen to any other music besides gospel (the funny thing is that we weren't supposed to be discriminating towards anyone, you know Love Thy Neighbor and all that jazz. No one told me why we couldn't listen to Southern Gospel, though), no fighting back, Turn the Other Cheek, gals should wear dresses, not jeans, their hair must be long and luxurious, and so on and so forth. Even sports were frowned upon if seen from Satan's Telly.

To be continued on in Part 2...

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  1. Date: 5/26/2013 12:52:00 AM
    oh my gosh, that is WAY more strict than my church. The church I grew up in was not even that strict in the 1800's. GEEEZ

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/26/2013 1:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It was all quite ridiculous... and most people don't believe me when I tell them the story of my religious upbringing. Oh well... I guess it made me who I am today (and I don't necessarily regret that)...
  1. Date: 5/17/2013 9:35:00 AM
    Wow! My parents are pari-tty strict, but my dad being a sports and Western fan, I don't think he COULD not watch TV. That's just overboard. Onto Part 2!!

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/17/2013 2:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes... strict was a bit of an understatement... haha. My dad (or really anyone in my immediate family) is NOT into sports. In fact my dad never watches TV... extremely rare.
  1. Date: 4/18/2013 7:02:00 AM
    woooow .... .... dark and even more darkness, I have a feeling it will be in part 2 ...

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 4/18/2013 8:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm sorry if it was a bit overly dark, but that's how things were for me at Stonehouse. Thanks for reading, as always, Anne!
  1. Date: 4/18/2013 6:54:00 AM
    Can't wait to get to the next parents were also very strict...but not as much so as yours. As a matter of fact, outside of being in school, I don't recall hardly ever wearing a shirt at all...haha...or shoes!

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 4/18/2013 8:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Haha... yeah it was strict alright. You sound like you were quite the jungle boy growing up, lol! Thanks for reading :)
  1. Date: 4/18/2013 6:42:00 AM
    I feel your emotions and have been transported to your world. I like part one even more than part two. You have created a world that is very reminiscint of the Mennonite community back in Kitchener Ontario where most of my family lives. There is something to be said for the sense of community and belonging and there is some value to staying seperate from the world. This does however seem the extreme.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 4/18/2013 8:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I grew up in an abusive restricted environment so I can relate on many levels. I deal with a lot of these issues in my soon to be released book. It is great to escape oppression and still it maintains tentative holds on our minds.
    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 4/18/2013 8:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I thank you for always being honest with what you have to say and what you believe. More than anything, just being honest, means the most to me.
    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 4/18/2013 8:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I haven't even listed half the stuff that went too far in that church. When I was young I never went trick or treating (that was a Satanic holiday), and Santa was called "the biggest lie there ever was!". I understand what you're saying about value in keep separate from some of the evil in the world. Though I think being overly sheltered can be unhealthy...
  1. Date: 4/18/2013 6:09:00 AM
    I'm spellbound...heading to part 2