1. You walk into the parking lot and every bumper looks like this.
2. Being in a room while people discuss the “inner light” that guides them is completely normal.
3. Having “moments of silence” before the start of every class.
So that you could gather yourself before starting the day.
4. Your teachers always telling you to “discern” your future when they really just meant “decide.”
5. Calling your teachers by their first name, always.
Do they even have a last name?
6. Realizing the word “friend” had a much different meaning for you.
It means someone is a part of the Religious Society of Friends aka Quakers.
7. Already knowing everyone on the first day of school because you all went to Quaker summer camp together.
So much for meeting new people!
8. Being talked into joining a committee without even knowing what the committee is for.
More meetings, here you come.
9. Being taught to embrace simplicity even though your school charges absurd amounts to attend it.
It’s the simple things.
10. Seeing your peers walking around barefoot is… normal.
11. People have said to you, “Quakers are Amish, right?” and then you just hang your head in frustration.
No, they’re actually two different things.
12. Inevitably getting stuck in a meeting where everything is decided by consensus and it takes forever.
Seriously, you will be there f o r e v e r.
13. Being asked if you are forced to go to church.
No, and it’s called Meeting for Worship, not church.
14. Knowing what “Quaker hands” are and making them regularly.
It’s the best way of using non-verbal communication to agree with someone.
15. Telling someone that you are holding them in the light when they were going through a tough time.
16. Being asked your opinion or advice on something and automatically replying with a core Quaker value.
17. Attending Meeting for Worship means sitting in silence until you feel “moved” to speak.
…or don’t feel moved.
19. Being asked, “Do Quakers really still exist?”
No, actually, there are literally none left. Zero.
20. Hearing the phrase “The Way Opens” has made you weirdly feel better.
Seriously, don’t fret because the way opens…
21. You have slipped and said “Friend speaks my mind” in a non-Quaker setting and laughed awkwardly.
Then had to explain that it’s a “Quaker thing.”
22. You’ve at least considered becoming a for-real Quaker, if you’re not already.
Bayard Rustin, the LGBT Civil Rights leader, was a Quaker.