Because I'm all about praising brave small girls! ("And though she be but little, she is fierce." --Shakespeare)
|My 50th birthday tattoo|
|Me after my first cleft lip|
and palate surgeries
I've always preferred it when people ask me about my scar instead of just staring at me, but Doyle is far more gracious about the questioning than I have felt. Perhaps it's because I'm a woman and women's value is more starkly judged on appearance than men's. Most days I never even think about my body's imperfection, but when someone stares at me I can go to that deep, dark place of inadequacy.
Parents often train their children not to ask brazen questions like "what is wrong with your nose?" But Doyle is delighted by the untrammeled funny spirit in this brave small girl. May we all have the brazenness to be wild, holy, and openly curious, and may the recipients of our questions be as delighted and welcoming as Doyle.
Prayer for the Brave Small Girl Who Had the Courage to Ask Me What Is Wrong with Your Nose, Mister?
A question she explained helpfully was occasioned by the loud honking droning sound I made at the end of sentences, and by the way it has lumps and bumps in it, sir.
After I stop laughing and remembering my brothers calling me Beak as a boy I explain that my nose, never petite to begin with, was then amended over the years by brothers, one of whom broke my nose with a large piece of wood, and by basketball opponents, two of whom broke my nose with their elbows, so that my nose, epic from birth, then added ridges of scar tissue and stuff like that, which is probably why I sound like a truck backing up, or a goose with a sinus condition, or a walrus early in the morning before he's had coffee.
On the way home from the grade school I grin for a while and then I feel a surge of affection for this sweet honest kid, all of eight years old; keep this kid curious and open and unadorned forever, maybe?
Keep her eager funny spirit untrammeled and unafraid?
And maybe give us a reminder of how wild and holy that open curiosity is in this life, if we have lost its zest and spice in our latter years?
And so: amen.
Here's more information on why I chose this focus for the A to Z, and you can read all my 2015 A to Z posts here. I hope you enjoy the celebrations of the miracle and muddle of the ordinary!
You can buy the book at Brian's favorite local bookstore, Broadway Books, at Powell's Books, or on Amazon. Brian's work is used with permission of Ave Maria Press.