Religion wasn’t a part of my upbringing, although, since it
was a kind of social requirement, as a little girl
I went semi-regularly to church with my mother. But my
father thought faith was a childish comfort for the weak,
and that is what I came to feel, too, probably
mostly in order to be more grown up, like him.
When I fell in love with Ben, then, I wasn’t
sure what my feelings would be about my religious impulses.
Ben was only a part-time, and very casual, Jew in
those days. I would not be a traditional Jewish wife.
Paraphrases from the novel While I Was Gone by Sue Miller.