Chase Fireflies

Bestowing Dignity


At the deli.
In the Starbucks drive-thru.
With all cashiers.
To eggplant shoppers in the produce department.

“Mommy, may I ask her what her name is?”
“Yes, Selah.”

“What’s you name?”

Funny how one simple question always makes people smile.

Maya Angelou said, “A name is a sign of one’s dignity. When you recognize someone’s name, you recognize them not just as human but as a person. One of the greatest ways you bestow human dignity on someone is by calling them by name.”

There’s a whole lotta stock in knowing a name.
We’ll keep asking.
Now for the remembering…

4 thoughts on “Bestowing Dignity

  1. So true Kristen… I love how inspiring you are… You are such a great mother … Im sure the Lord is with you everyday as you raise your little angels.Bless you and have a great day!Kim

  2. is this a shot at me?

  3. In high school sports we used to call people on the other team that we knew their name good & well by number as a way of taking a shot at them. LOL! I don't think it was that effective as they were always more athletic than us, and would win the games, but we felt like we won the mental games, without most of them even knowing there had been a contest. LOL

  4. And, FWIW, I still value the anonymous cousin, even if he is “nameless”.

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