A 32-year-old woman had once been a follower of Mormonism but had put the religion behind her many years ago. Despite her mother still being a Mormon, they typically held a harmonious relationship, but an unwanted comment from the mother would soon change this for the worse.
A Mormon History
The woman explained her and her mother’s history with Mormonism: “I was raised Mormon but I don’t follow it anymore, nor do I follow any other religion. My mom is still very much in the cult. As such, she has the typical Mormon mindset regarding gender roles and all that nonsense. Granted, I still think she’d be this way without her religion, though maybe not as bad.”
A Happy Relationship
Despite these differences, the mother and daughter were close and enjoyed each other’s company. “We get along splendidly, except when the topic of her religion comes up, which thankfully isn’t often”, she explained.
The woman’s two sons had distinct hairstyles. The elder, aged 5, sported a Mohawk, while the younger, aged 3, had long, shaggy hair. The woman chose not to cut her younger son’s hair, emphasizing her belief in letting him make his own choices. Her mother, however, had a different perspective.
A Grandmother’s Concern
The mother expressed her concern about her grandson’s long hair. She questioned the decision not to cut it, fearing that he might face bullying or be mistaken for a girl. This was not the first time she had voiced her opinion on the matter.
A Mother’s Defiance
The woman stood firm in her decision, citing several reasons for letting her son keep his long hair. She emphasized that it should be his choice, mentioned his aversion to haircuts, and noted that correcting mistaken assumptions was simple.
A Heated Exchange
Tensions escalated when the mother shared her true feelings about long hair on boys. She declared, “Well, I just don’t like long hair on boys.” This comment stung, especially since she had no issue with her other grandson’s Mohawk. The exchange occurred in front of both boys, adding to the woman’s anger.
A Sharp Retort
In the heat of the moment, the woman fired back with a sharp retort. “If you have a problem with long hair on boys, I suggest you take it up with your lord and savior Jesus Christ”, she exclaimed. “You can start by asking him to get a haircut. Call John the Barber!”
Reflection and Regret
The woman’s mother was simmering in anger. “If looks could kill, I’d be in outer darkness right now”, she laughed. “She steeped in her anger for a while but didn’t say anything else.”
The aftermath of their clash left an air of tension between them. The woman assumed that her mother remained firm in her beliefs, but the topic was never brought up again, perhaps in an attempt to prevent another verbal sparring match.
Both in the Wrong
In hindsight, the woman recognized that her retort was a low blow, especially considering her disdain for her mother’s religion. She didn’t regret her words, but she did regret how they made her mother feel.
Telling Her Story
The woman headed online to clear her conscience, asking the internet what they thought about the whole situation. “LOL – as a former Mormon, I am cackling”, laughed one reader. “‘Call John the Barber’, now THAT is hilarious!”
Support for the woman and her sense of humor was prevalent throughout the comment section. “Don’t feel bad, it was a well-timed diss, that’s all”, another reader applauded. “You didn’t insult her religion or her belief in it, so as far as I can tell she’s being a little sensitive.”
Many commenters couldn’t help but join in with the woman’s comic religious observations. “Ask her about Sampson”, one person suggested in jest. “Her head is really going to explode.”
A Serious Perspective
Amongst all the comedians, many readers responded with a more serious attitude. “Your mom should keep her closed-minded opinions to herself”, one person stated. “You are a grown woman with children, and if she can’t respect that, then she might want to rethink another visit.”
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