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Jul 26 2012

Meeting Vyckie

I just spent a couple of hours talking to Vyckie Garrison of No Longer Quivering, who is in town on a visit. It was a great conversation.

We talked about her transition from the Quiverfull life to freedom, and the worries about putting her children in school for the first time. Were they too sheltered, were they too angry? But they flourished. Her third-grader Andy had an especially good teacher, Mrs Bloom, who showed Vyckie a paper he’d written; the assignment was to write about “changes.” One classmate wrote about how life changed when the family got a kitten. Andy had rather more profound changes to write about.

Everything she said amounted to an endorsement of secular life as opposed to theocratic (meaning, here, pervading every aspect of existence) life. Before she left her children were neither happy nor compliant – it’s not as if they exchanged freedom and joy for harmony and order. Before she left she didn’t know her children as people, or individuals; now she knows how very different and interesting they all are.

She’s a lifeline for women who want to escape. She is one impressive woman.

3 comments

  1. 1
    Bjarni

    You know you’re making life harder for me right? Now you’ve gone and added another I just need to read!

    Sounds like an interesting story and a positive one (I like those). Thanks for sharing :)

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    hypatiasdaughter

    Before she left she didn’t know her children as people, or individuals; now she knows how very different and interesting they all are.

    There is absolutely no way a woman who is pregnant every year, whose health gets run down, and who always has 5 kids under the age of five underfoot, has the time to care for or relate to her children as individuals. Her home has to be run like an institution or it would be chaos. And the older kids end up doing the mothering for her (and lose part of their childhood).
    These large quivering families are breeding farms, not families.

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