My mom and step-dad are great grandparents in almost every way. They're responsible, loving, and caring. There's a "but" coming here (I bet you all saw that!). One is agnostic at best, the other is atheist. My husband and I are both practicing Catholics.
Tonight, I dropped of my oldest (who was just confirmed this year BTW) for a planned weekend trip. For the last trip, I requested that the kids be back on Sunday afternoon so that we could attend late mass. Not a problem. This time, they were quite resistant. They're flying (step-dad has his pilot's license), and hoped to stay longer.
I told them that wasn't a problem if they took him to mass in the city they were visiting. Definitely not a problem as far as that goes, there are a ton of them in the area. They both sort of rolled their eyes at me for this. My mother asked if there wasn't some sort of "grandparents dispensation" for this. (She was laughing, and thought it was funny). I told her that no, there wasn't, and the options were either for them to make sure my son attended mass or get him home in time for me to take him.
So CAF, what you have done? I wasn't prepared for this change up in plans, and my son definitely wants to attend mass, and is aware of his obligation, and will be stressed out if he can't attend. I'm of the mind that if they don't do as they said, this will be the last weekend trip they get. Going to mass isn't an inconvenience, it's a privilege.
My husband is on his way home from work, and will probably be upset about this. He converted this year, and is really on fire for his faith. We haven't missed mass in I can't remember how long.
This attitude is sad, but kind of expected I suppose. My mom's attitude is that religion is okay if it's kept out of sight, and doesn't interfere with anything else. :( I feel alone since the only practicing Catholics are the four of us (hubby, the kids and me).
Thanks for reading, I'm just really frustrated right now.