"Yeah, I went through a stage where I wanted to be sure that everyone understood that my reason for leaving the church wasn't because of sinful weakness," I said. "But then I moved past that. Now I'm at the point where I no longer give a shit what Mormons think about why I left the church."
Rex laughed. "Myself, I think I pretty much started at that stage," he said. "Of course I've always had a bad attitude."
"It's true," I said, giving him a teasing smile "just ask his mom."
"Now, Lynn, I hate to pry," Mom said, "but you're really not doing yourself a favor by getting off on the wrong foot with Rex's mom like that."
"You're right," I said. "I've really got to cut it out with these snide comments about her behind her back like that."
"Damn straight," said Rex smiling.
"Hey, it's not just me," I said teasingly. "You haven't been too happy with your parents lately either."
"I know, I know," he said. "Like you were saying the other day, it takes time, but we'll get there eventually if we all make an effort."
"That's the right attitude," said Mom. "That's how I turned things around with your dad's mom when we were first married."
"You had trouble getting along with Dad's mom?" asked April, a bit surprised.
"I thought you guys were the best of buddies, you know, before the divorce," I said.
"Well we were, but it didn't come automatically. At first, since I was a new convert to the church, I didn't understand how a lot of things worked, and it seemed like I could never do anything right in her eyes. I thought she should be more sympathetic. But one day I heard her talking about her hobby of genealogy, and it sounded really interesting. Of course none of my family's genealogy had been done, so she and I had this wonderful adventure of starting from scratch and finding the names of my ancestors. We traced some lines all the way back to Adam! We had so much fun together that we couldn't help but become friends."
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