I am filled with moderate grr because of this.
Background: I was raised Catholic, and my mom is still a devout Catholic. I’m not. I haven’t been to church since I was 17, apart from occasional trips to midnight Mass just to make her happy. I don’t even do that anymore. She knows I’m not Catholic. I didn’t have my kids baptized. This distresses her, but she mostly stays quiet about it, except for very occasional pointed comments. We essentially have a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on religion.
So, imagine my surprise when copies of “Catholic Digest” started showing up in my mailbox. Mom has a subscription. I’m 100% sure she’s the one who’s behind my anonymous gift subscription, too, because my sister reported that she also started getting copies in the mail. (My sister is also a lapsed Catholic, although not quite as lapsed as I am.)
The reason this fills me with grr is not that I can’t stand seeing Catholic Digest in my mailbox. I just throw it in the recycling bin, no harm, no foul. The problem is that now my name and address are on their goddamned mailing list, and I’m getting inundated with charity requests from Catholic charitable organizations and whatnot. Thanks a whole fucking lot, Mom.
My sister thinks that we should return the favor by subscribing Mom to some other magazine – perhaps “High Times”, or something of that nature. My husband, clearly still unable to comprehend the passive-aggressive nature of communication in my family, even after 10 years of living amongst us, thinks we should just have a discussion “like adults” about how this sort of thing is unacceptable. Ha. In the interest of preserving family harmony, for now I’m going with just rolling my eyes and continuing to throw the damn thing in the recycling bin. But if the proselytizing escalates, I’m looking up the subscription info for the International Male catalog.