Easter Sunday, the Chalicefamily was out having brunch. (This is our Easter tradition. "Throwing eggs at houses" is not, no matter what Charlie says.)
At one point the Chalicerelative was talking about her church service. She then turned to me and said "What do Unitarians do for Easter?"
"Well," I said. "Some churches just have a regular service, some do a celebration of new life and springtime, but I'd say most do a service on Jesus, though the focus is a little different because we don't believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ."
(I probably should have said "most of us don't" but I was trying to keep things simple and sometimes "simple" and "inclusive" are impossible to both achieve at once.)
"I'll tell you something, Miss Sue*, I'll bet you most Christians don't believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ these days."
"That's funny, because I remember sitting in church saying 'I believe in..."
"Oh, I know we SAY it, but not many people believe it."
Now first of all, I don't believe that most Christians don't believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ, though I believe that her friends don't. And secondly, not having to recite creeds I don't believe in is one reason why I'm a UU.
But I didn't think saying either of those things would be as effective as just letting her words hang in the air.
So that's what I did.
Today at work, I was walking through the office.
"Hey, c'mere!" One of the other paralegals said.
"Larry Shiflett is the father of Anna Nicole's baby," she said.
"He's the photographer, not the guy on the birth certificate."
"I didn't want it to be either of them," she said. "I didn't want anybody to be the father."
Now, I'm pretty sure she meant that she didn't want any of the men who had come forward to be the father so the search pool would have had to be widened, but the idea of Anna Nicole Smith having an immaculate conception amused me all the way back to my office.
*No, you cannot call me that. And don't put "Whatever you say, Miss Sue" in the comments. That's not funny, it's just irritating and if you have the impulse to do such things you may want to examine yourself for other irritating habits.