Saturday, November 10, 2007

Poodledoc, Jr Goes on Retreat, Part One

Just dropped Poodledoc, Jr off at the Meetinghouse for an overnight Quaker retreat. It was challenging wending our way through the pre-football game debris. The football stadium is only two blocks from the Meetinghouse, but the game had started by the time we'd arrived. So it wasn't too crazy.

Poodledoc, Jr looked a bit glum sitting in the little room in the Meetinghouse we call "The Sun Room" as I left. I think he was maybe feeling a bit shy. I plan to go back this evening, AFTER the football crowd has had a chance to clear out, to see how he's doing. I think he'll be fine and have fun once some of his friends like Isaac and Sparkly Sea Cow arrive.

It's interesting that he continues to maintain he's not a Quaker, just an Associate Member (of Madison Monthly Meeting). But, I've seen him identify himself as a Quaker in things he's written for school. I'm always curious about his spiritual development. Personally, I'm not particularly interested in whether he decides to be a Quaker. But this is a place, I think, where he can explore spirituality. We'll see. We have some great talks about faith, God, fate and other aspects of spirituality, so I guess I'm really more concerned that he's thinking about spiritual stuff, rather than what he calls himself.

3 comments:

Gartenfische said...

I think you have a healthy attitude toward your son's spiritual life. If I had pushed my daughter in any way religiously, she would've rebelled. As it is, she doesn't attend church or anything, but is open minded and we can have great conversations about spirituality.

Suzy said...

Well, my sparkly sea cow had to come home in the middle of the night because she was feeling wretchedly ill (as the adult who phoned me put it, at 12:30 a.m.) She didn't sound like she was having a lot of fun up to that point either: Too much talking about boys, she said. Strangely enough, she liked the movie My Country, My Country and commented that she saw family friend Carlos in it, which I thought she'd think was cool. Anyway, I hope Junior had a better time than Sparkly did.

poodledoc said...

Sorry SSC was feeling sick. Hope she's better. Yes, the opposite sex does seem to be a big topic at this age. But at the same time, I notice lots of positive connection between male and female middle schoolers that they don't have at school. But yeah, there are other things to talk about to be sure.....and those other conversations happened as well...