So on New Years Eve, technically New Years Day, when my girlfriend and I were going to bed, I mentioned to her that I thought going into the new year I’d stop blessing people after a sneeze. I’ve never been one to “god bless” someone, but usually took part in the social norm of just “blessing” someone. I do identify myself as an atheist, but that wasn’t the reason for stopping. I was just reading some stuff online about the traditions and beliefs and decided that it seemed silly.
Well, I wasn’t really planning on telling everyone I knew about this, only mentioned it to her because she had sneezed before going to bed and when I didn’t say anything I got an “ahem”. I told her my plan and she got kind of mad at me and thought the whole thing was rude.
The next day at breakfast with my parents, again I wasn’t going to announce this plan to the world, she mentions it to my parents. Now in general I’m a very nice person. Probably the exact opposite of what some people might think an atheist would be like. My parents raised me right and I’m a polite, well mannered, nice person. Upon hearing this news, however, they acted like I was going against everything they had ever taught me. Things like, “we raised you better than that” and “why dont you think before you do things like this?” were mentioned.
You’d think I’d just told them I was going to do something absolutely ridiculous in my life and that I would be an entirely different person going forward.
I have to admit the reaction was quite odd to me. The gf has since sneezed a few times and I was silent. She’s convinced I’m now a very rude person.
Anyone else have a similar experience making this “change”?