The theme this month is Belonging. In this lesson we explore the path of honoring our unique selves. As UU’s we celebrate each of us as a unique and special person. By belonging to our special selves, we encourage and allow others to belong to their truest selves. You belong to you!
STORY 1: “Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes
When you don’t like your name, you might lose your sense of belonging. But finding a person who supports you can make others be like you.
“She was a perfect baby, and her doting parents chose a name to match, Chrysanthemum. She is proud of her musical name until kindergarten, when she finds herself in a world of strange new names such as Sue, Bill, Max, Sam, and Joe–in short (really short) a world of ordinary monikers. That wouldn’t be so bad if the others – like Victoria – hadn’t made a mean-spirited game of tormenting her, sending her home in tears to be comforted with cuddles and Parcheesi. Wisely, Chrysanthemum’s concerned and loving parents try not to interfere, but what can’t be put right by them is dealt with by lucky chance. The class learns that their popular music teacher not only has a whopper of a name herself – Delphinium – but also plans to name her expected baby by the prettiest name she has heard, Chrysanthemum. The charming mouse with her delicate little face seems just right for her name…” – review on Amazon
- What did you like about the story?
- Do you like your name?
- What would you/did you think of a name like Chrysanthemum?
- How do they help others be themselves?