Last week I had a ministry meeting with my friends, K2 and LR.
As we were discussing the details of our new semester of Ladies Bible Study, LR's blue earring fell out of her left ear.
While she was putting it back in, I noticed that her other ear was nekkid as well. I said, "Oh! You lost the other one too."
She said something to me I never expected: I only have one ear pierced.
Upon further inspection I realized it was true.
Her right earlobe was completely devoid of the puncture of piercing.
She told the story of being a teenager with a desire for adornment, but a serious lack of funds held her back.
She did have a sweet friend, who had a little cash and a willingness to help a girl in need.
They headed for the mall, with just enough coin for the job.
Upon piercing of the left ear, her friend realized that the posted piercing price was actually per ear, and unfortunately, LR's friend was now tapped.
Embarrassed and apologetic, her friend offered to bring LR back to the store after the next pay day, to complete the matched set.
However, as often happens with time and money, the days marched on and they never went back for that second ear.
And here she sat with me at a tiny table in the corner of Starbucks...and my mind began to turn.
Before I had the chance to respond, she said "Here's the fun part-- I have the most beautiful earrings, because for years now whenever a friend or those who know this story lose an earring, they give me the lonely one. You wouldn't believe how many really nice earrings I have."
I can tell you, she wears them proudly.
I love her attitude. Her heart. Her willingness to see the bright side of an uncommon situation.
She's not willing to conform to what might be deemed a "normal" standard (if you can call having matched ear piercing normal).
I didn't ask if she ever plans on getting her right ear pierced. I got the feeling she's not planning it anytime soon.
As this point in LR's life her piercing decisions are not limited by funds, but my hunch is that she isn't willing to pay the high price of what a second earring might cost-- such as conversations missed. Or the opportunity to tell a good story and to laugh with someone else.
Why do I think this story is beautiful?
Because LR is beautiful. Outside and in. With or without her one pierced ear.
But more importantly, LR is willing to walk the "be you" of beauty, and when a gal is willing to be herself, that encourages others to do the same.
And that is beautiful.
This year I have decided to keep my eyes and heart open to seeing beauty in a way that is counter-cultural and God honoring. When I see it, I hope to write about it. This is the first post...for more info on why I've chosen to do this go to this post.