To my daughter, who didn’t make homecoming court,
Like many girls across the country, you felt sad when you weren’t chosen to be a member of your school’s homecoming court. I hope you don’t think I’m disappointed that you didn’t make it, cause sweetheart, I don’t give two. This court business is nothing more than a ludicrous, outdated ritual which hurts many and proves absolutely nothing. A popularity vote and a bedazzled gown don’t make someone “royalty” any more than my typewriter makes me Ernest Hemingway. You know what DOES make one queenly? Being a supportive and gracious lady when every friend you have is getting a moment to shine and you’ve been passed over. You are beautiful inside and out, and your mind is a magnificent treasure. I hope you never doubt that. I’ve never doubted you, and you always make me proud. So don’t you dare feel “less than” today – or ANY day. Some girls may receive a tiara tonight, but you are a crown jewel – a gem, rare and precious, hidden in rocky soil. One day soon, you will emerge to dazzle the world with your radiance.
Love, your eternally grateful and devoted Momabove: my precious girl, left. She is taught to love herself, and she knows that she is loved unconditionally — no tiara needed. ❤