Friday Fictioneers: Beyond The Glass

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Beyond The Glass


It was deeply rooted in her from an early age. The Rosary was said in the house. Nothing could be said negatively about God. At school the same people who said 1 + 1 = 2 told her God created us all. She remembered the school trip where one particularly religious teacher told them to look upwards through the glass of the museum and the children would see where heaven was.

Thirty years later, she stands in this same museum and asks the children in her class to look up towards the glass then she asks them to see whatever they decide.


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43 comments on “Friday Fictioneers: Beyond The Glass

  1. oneta hayes says:

    A changing generation.

  2. draliman says:

    I’m glad she managed to go beyond what she learned as a child and let her charges decide for themselves.

  3. neilmacdon says:

    She’s broken free of a mental tyranny. But maybe she’s also damaging her children by leading them to believe the world can be anything they decide

    • I agree, Neil. I don’t think religion should be shoved down someone’s throat, but I do feel children should be exposed to spiritual teachings. As they grow in maturity and wisdom, they can then decide which path to take.

    • lisarey1990 says:

      I see your point. There is definitely other lessons she would need to teach to put the right context on what she is teaching here. Maybe another Friday Fictioneers prompt could cover those lessons. Thank you for reading & for the inspiration for a future post. πŸ™‚

  4. It there’s a heaven up there, they’ll see it – let them decide for themselves.

  5. StuHN says:

    Love this. The children who hate do so because of their nurturing, forcing things down their throat. There are so many things that you should let your kids embrace on their own.

  6. Dale says:

    Yes, and it is time to let people make their own decisions.

  7. Iain Kelly says:

    Love this. Education and religion should be kept separate.

  8. subroto says:

    Glad she is not forcing ideology down children’s throats. When they grow older they can choose for themselves.

  9. plaridel says:

    i guess we grow wiser as we grow older. πŸ™‚

  10. Loved the message behind this story. I was ‘indoctrinated’ as a child, but fortunately saw the light when I grew up. πŸ™‚

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  11. Laurie Bell says:

    Love the end. I hope they see everything and anything

  12. 4963andypop says:

    So often, the fruit of indoctrination is uncertainty. That being said, there are fabulous teachers of all persuasions, including in religious schools, and a successful child is one, who manages to take what she needs from her education, and disregards what doesnt apply. Merely knowing such faith exists, whether she shares it or not, will inform her world view. I do not find the mysticism of religion troubling. But I do have trouble with the politics and moral judgments churches sometimes espouse, which demonize identity and harmless behaviors.

    • lisarey1990 says:

      I agree. Different religions & lack of religion should be taught about in schools. I’m 28 now & I’m only really learning about a lot of religions & not long ago the non-religious side too. When I was in school we were only taught about Catholicism. I think they need to teach about all & let the child when they are older decide but it is good to know about what other people believe so as to be understanding to other faiths or lack of faith. I don’t think one should be made a dominant path either because that can stop understanding of those different in this small way from yourself. I also completely agree about the politics and moral judgments. They certainly need to be sorted out. Thank you for reading. πŸ™‚

  13. Abhijit Ray says:

    Times change. People change. Their interpretation evolves.

  14. jillyfunnell says:

    An enlightened teacher giving free rein to the imagination of those she is teaching. Lovely story.

  15. PERKY says:

    And she didn’t teach “what to see” Awesome post😊

  16. I think you should be allowed to see whatever pleases you… unicorns or spiderwebs, Gods or the universe…

  17. magarisa says:

    I suspect that being brought up in a strictly religious household makes one prone to dismissing religion altogether later in life (i.e. throwing the baby out with the bathwater). Whatever the protagonist’s personal convictions are now, she’s letting the children in her class form their own opinions – sounds like a good teacher to me. Brilliant take on the prompt.

  18. granonine says:

    I grew up in a “religious” home–my dad was a pastor–but I don’t think “religious” is the best adjective. Faithful, God-loving, and never, ever forced to see only what we were told to see. It’s a shame when what should be faith coming from the heart is turned into dogma. That really doesn’t work out too well.

  19. Dear Lisa,

    An interesting perspective. I do believe there’s something to be said about teaching children to think of themselves. However I also believe in having a relationship with God. There’s a thin line between shoving it down someone’s throat and modeling it. Thought provoking story. Well done.



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