mardi 7 avril 2009

Cross-dressing with the Vicar

My Mother sent me an email yesterday. Her church (baptist) had sent her an invitation to a cross-dressing party and she wondered if I'd be in the UK on that date because 'I hate going to these things alone - and I never know what to wear'.

I called my Mother to make sure I'd read her email correctly.

"How are you?"

"I'm just getting my bunnies out, hold on a minute," she replied.

"Wha...?"

"Oh you know, the bunnies, the Easter tree, the chickies, the eggs - I'm decorating the house for Easter".

When did we turn into a family who decorates the house for Easter? This is most odd.

"Your brother has finished his house already," she informed me. "It's decorated from top to bottom for Easter."

"But he's a buddhist." Apparently this held no sway with her. Apparently my brother's buddhism didn't stop him from sending his kids to a church school (protestant) so why should it stop him from celebrating that fact that Christ is risen.

Since I decided that a holy path wasn't for me, and worked out that being a good person was enough without necessarily having to believe in a greater power, Easter has really been about eggs, a long weekend off work and that's about it. And to be honest, I get very few eggs these days - which isn't a bad thing either.

But that said, any church that holds cross-dressing parties could be a church for me (as long as I don't have to believe in God). I wondered what the vicar would wear - he's quite a young hottie and would probably look good in a pair of hotpants and a halter neck top.

Alas, it's nothing as exciting. It's not the festival of transvestitism that I was hoping for.

Apparently every year they get a big old cross put up outside the church and they 'dress it up' - i.e. they cover it in flowers and plastic eggs and fluffy bunnies. The vicar's drag would have to wait for another occasion.

I declined her invitation to join in - I'm not going to be travelling to the UK again until the end of June.

"Well, never mind Bab," She said, obviously not really all that bothered, and clearly a little distracted. "Now, should the theme of my Easter table be bunnies or chicks?"

"I think it should be Jesus, Mom."

I mean really, if you're going to be religious, be religious.

22 commentaires:

conortje a dit…

Well my flat is fully decorated for easter too - with the stolen sheep from Saturday night ;-)

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Big C, is a stolen sheep really in the spirit of Easter? hmm?

Although it could be said that you didn't steal him, so much as rescue him from a den of iniquity...he he

aims a dit…

Your mother is Baptist?!

That says it all honey. Believe me - I know.

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Aims, she's a new Baptist.

She was something else before but that didn't really work out....one day I'll post about it.

But yes, it does explain things, you're right.

Pure Poser a dit…

seriously why bother? easter is only two weeks long, not like christmas which is a whole month.

the closest i've come to observing easter this year is giving up chocolate for Lent. and i'm never doing it again.

and whats with all these different forms of christians? they all worship the same god?

Henry North London a dit…

What ever happened to sackcloth and ashes?

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Poser, my friend gave up chives for her lent this year. I'd certainly never sign up to not eat chocolate - where's the joy in that? I'm sure Jesus doesn't want me to be unhappy.

And yes, all worshipping the same god...odd.

Henry, indeed. Surely bunnies, chickies and eggs are devices used in pagan ceremonies to welcome spring?

Anonyme a dit…

Ok so now i'm looking for a new keyboard as i've just deposited most of a cup of tea over mine thanks to you :)

I gave up believing in God for lent

Z

A Lewis a dit…

So, maybe I will start going to a Baptist church -- I mean, if they are going to start sponsoring drag shows and such. I decorated for Easter myself....

http://spiritofsaintlewis.blogspot.com/2009/04/my-early-easter-baskit.html

Daryl a dit…

You know I am pretty sure there are Buddhist bunnies, chicks and I am they dye eggs with that henna the Buddhists use on their clothes ...

Valleys Mam a dit…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/sleep/sheep/reaction_version5.swf
Try this for sheep.

Valleys Mam a dit…

That post really made me laugh. Did she say if there was a theme to the cross dressing.
She reminds me of my mam, who bought contemptuous wall paper and matched it with pale blue Durex paint. She was also disgusted with a TV programme where a girl showed her public hair.
Mams can be so funny.
Easter decorations,its become another fad.Go down to Tesco/Asda/TKmaxx etc and you can spend £20-£30 on a load of old tat just for Easter. Easter Bah Crème Eggs, you cannot say humbug can you.

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Z - sorry bout the keyboard dear...not sure you're allowed to give up God for lent - strikes me as against the rules somewhat!

Lewis, you'd do it with such aplomb too...I know it!

D, I know but nonetheless...there are limits, no?

VM, I can't say no to a creme egg, that's for sure. Luckily they don't sell them here, he he

cb a dit…

Actually I think of buddhists as being quite tolerant and embracing of other religions "things". Refreshing actually.

And there are baptist churches over there???

travelling, but not in love a dit…

CB - my brother is many things...tolerant and embracing are not really two of them...trust me!

And yeah, baptist churches - not southern baptists though....

Daisy a dit…

Dressing The Cross in easter eggs!! That actually surprised me more than the idea of the vicar in drag! x

12ontheinside a dit…

A cross covered in eggs and fluffy bunnies? That sounds even more fishy than the 'not gay' guy in your last post!

Victor a dit…

I used to think it was bad when schools in Australia stopped teaching grammar for a while but when dressing the cross can be confused as cross dressing perhaps ignorance is bliss.

red a dit…

you could write a sitcom with this material...you've got seasons and seasons worth you know...

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Daisy, I'm going to have to get a photo of the cross now....he he

12oti - and gayer too...

Victor - cross dressing on the cross would be even worse, on? But no doubt it's been suggested as an idea for a mardi gras float...he he

Red, if only. You meet any hotshot producers out there yet?

Anthony a dit…

I never pictured your mom as being the 'happy clappy' Baptist type.

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Antonio, she's more bewildered clappy, but hey...