Family Drama: Mom Quit Job ... 'Cause Rapture Is Nigh

Because rapture is nigh
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2011 12:55 PM CDT
Families Divided Over Rapture
In this Dec. 17, 2010 photo in Raleigh, N.C., Allison Warden poses with her car showing a message about the rapture.   (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Preparing for the coming rapture ain’t easy—especially when your kids think you’re nuts. That’s the case in the Haddad Carson household, where college savings have been halted and mom has quit her job to spread the word with dad, but they can’t convince the three teenagers. “My mom has told me directly that I’m not going to get into heaven,” Grace Haddad tells the New York Times. “It’s what she honestly believes.” They’re not alone: Across the country families are being divided between believers and non-believers.

“I know I’m not going to see them again, but they are very certain they are going to see me,” laments one man, who made a trip from Delaware to Brooklyn to say goodbye to his family. Another man complains that his sister won’t make summer vacation plans because she’s so sure she won’t be around. Of course, that thinking isn’t all bad, Grace Haddad has discovered. When asked to clean her room, “I’ll say, ‘Mom, it doesn’t matter, if the world’s going to end!’” (Oh, and by the way, the rapture starts ... tonight, not on Saturday.)

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