So it turns out the cure for an IL-induced tension headache that lasts for three days is orgasm. Go figure. I just wish I'd figured this out before I missed a party for a friend from out-of-town because of the headache.
My mom is the original midwestern Lutheran Church Lady (which makes me Daughter of Lutheran Church Lady). I was talking to her the other day, and she mentioned that she and her committee at church are going to propose to the church council that they become a Reconciling in Christ congregation. A Reconciling in Christ congregation is a congregation that welcomes and affirms GLBT people (although I'm guessing most midwestern churches might still be a little perplexed by the T part of that acronym). I'm really proud of her. She has a bunch of gay friends at her church, but until a few years ago she never considered that her assumption that the Bible prohibits homosexuality might be incorrect. She decided to pray for God to open her heart to what she could learn, and here she is.
Interestingly, I don't know that I've ever talked as much about sex with my mom, since the original discussion of the birds and the bees we had when I was a kid, as we have since we've been discussing homosexuality and the church. My mom's position about sex is pretty egalitarian--she doesn't want to think about it with regards to anyone: gay, straight, bi, or anything else. I think I shocked her when I pointed out that gay people (men and women) don't do anything straight couples can't do, and that it's highly likely that straight couples are having anal and oral sex, too. But I think that was kind of a freeing thought to her, in a funny way.
Then we talked about how we both get just skeeved out when couples engage in PDA during church. I think we've both been scarred by this super-creepy couple at my mom's church who are all over each other all the time, in church and everywhere else. They're in their late 50s and are both completely unattractive in a way that can only be described as Faded Rust Belt Glory. Blech. Now neither of us can stand to see other couples doing more than holding hands in church.
But back to the Reconciling In Christ thing. She went to a seminar about it, and was told that she shouldn't expect the church council to be excited about it, since it would only happen when the Holy Spirit had come through to change people's ideas. I pointed out to her that the Holy Spirit wasn't going to come through at night and whisper "Love gay people as yourselves" into people's ears while they slept, so maybe she had to help the Holy Spirit out by bringing it up in the first place. "That makes sense," she said. "We'll probably have to bring it up again every six months until they're ready to do it."
I love my prim and proper little mother and her dedication to justice.