I am telling this story for several reasons, one I have never openly said that I teach evolution to my children on my blog and it is time that I did. Two, I found it incredibly sad that in this day and age people are so afraid to speak up and be honest. Why can't people agree to disagree and move on? Is it really so threatening to surround yourself with people who think differently from yourself? Why does the young earth crowd feel threatened by the old earth crowd and vice versa? Three, it emphasizes to me that their may be others out there like me, but they are in hiding and I have to search harder to find them.
Let me be clear I really don't care what beliefs people hold so long as they are not rude about it. One of my friends in England was a wife of a Baptist preacher and fundamentally we are on opposite sides with many points but we were honest and respectful of each others beliefs and it never got in the way of our friendship. I teach my children that there are many beliefs, and that they are smart and need to make their own decisions about their beliefs but they must at all times be respectful to others and it is okay to respectfully disagree and move onto other areas that are more compatible. I wish more adults were able to do that as it appears to be a skill that many lack particularly in the homeschooling community where we live:(
It is funny I feel the need to mention our family's religious affiliations as if to prove I am still fit to belong, we are Lutheran and yes, I can rectify my religious beliefs with the teaching of evolution in my science lessons. I have actually been asked this by a homeschooler who than rudely informed me that my views were not in line with Christianity and that I am really not a Christian.
Now on to our field trip excursion: Ice skating
|Here an older boy is giving my son some pointers on how to use hockey skates|
|This young man was so helpful he helped my son attempt to skate|
|Meanwhile Firedrake who has skated before was looking to met new people and too my surprise found a group of teenagers that she like. The kids seemed very nice|
|Firedrake skated for nearly 2 hours before coming off the ice in pain.|
|Mario fan lasted about an hour before declaring he was finished and went to play on some of the video games|