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Growing up within a religious household was very disappointing to me Iam the youngest out of five children My mother Lillie at the time wasa single parent to me and my sister who is eighteen months older Mymother became religious in her twentys and by the time I was born shewas all ready settled in her ways about Christ I was raised up in asouthern Christianity type environment We went to church three days aweek during fall spring and winter but during summer we were inchurch six days a week and also twice on Sunday all year round My momsmission was to mold us into being the perfect Christian We were notallowed to wear pants We were only permitted to listen to church musicbecause other kind of music children R and B pop etc was consideredthe devils music Throughout this lifestyle I was controlled by mymother and by her religion to the point where I became a significantother for many years until my early teenage years when I started torebel Before my rebellion I was the respectable church going child Ibelonged to the junior church choir took part in helping around thechurch and would always participate in special church events such asChristmas plays Halloween events and Easter egg hunts For many yearsI did everything that I was told I was told all the time by my motheraunts and uncles God doesnt like ugly and he sees everything I doand if I was to be disobedient and live outside the ways of the churchthat I will not go to haven but to hell Just hearing those wordsalone implanted fear within me I didnt want to upset god and have himcast me into hell I was afraid that the devil a demon thats red allover sharp teeth and horns on top of his head was going to get me anddrag me into the ground because I was told that hell was underneath usThe older I got
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