Holding Fame Lightly…

I like being famous when it’s convenient for me and completely anonymous when it’s not. Catherine Deneuve

Meditation: One of my daughter has been voted to become the 9th grade homecoming queen. The funny thing is that she does not necessarily wants to be in that position, while many other girls are “dying” and have campaigned hard to get there. As a bi-racial teen, my daughter is outgoing and easily relates to everybody. She at times joins the different groups: the Caucasians, the African Americans, the Latina, the Asian, the multi cultural… At times she feels like she belongs to all, and yet at other times she feels she belongs nowhere. Our tri-cultural household is very unfamiliar with the American tradition of homecoming, as none of us parents attended High School in the US. We parents have no concept of what it means to be a homecoming queen. So, now we need to educate ourselves quickly: Long dress, high heal shoes and certain preparations for games, speeches, dances, sitting on floats… My daughter in the meantime does not like the negative aspects that popularity brings, like the others’ envy and gossiping or being watched, judged and constantly commented on. She feels honored that she was chosen, but she is holding her fame cautiously and lightly. I appreciate her being aware of what really counts: “To be a person who treats others as she wants to be treated.” It seems that her peers noticed my daughter’s external beauty, but they also most of all must have noticed her kindness and her ability to treat everybody with respect.

Prayer: God, You want us to hold our fame lightly, as it comes and goes. Help us celebrate the gifts of recognition that come our way. And yet, let us not forget what is essential. In the midst of human recognition, let us remain grounded in You. I pray for protection and joy for my daughter as she is the first of our family to experience this American tradition of being a homecoming queen. Let others genuinely rejoice for her and treat her with respect, as she does treat them. Amen

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33