So, my roommate, Annie, was getting a blessing from our Home Teachers, due to personal, social distress. Mormon girls do that sometimes. I tried to sneak out of the room at the appointed time, out of general courtesy…you know? Well, as I was leaving, she came up and stopped me. “Where do you think YOU’RE going!”
She wanted me to be in the room. This isn’t a weird thing. Annie likes to have her friends around her a lot. She’s always wanted me in the room whenever she’s had a blessing. I really should have seen it coming.
What I DIDN’T see coming happened next.
The Home Teacher, who I have judged to be the most conservative, turned to me and said “Would you like to be in the circle? You can be in the circle, if you want?”
( This teaches me to judge people prematurely.)
My chin about hit the floor.
“YES! I would LOVE to! *looking at my roomate, but talking to noone in particular* You know that’s technically allowed right!”
Holy SNOT! This was going to be the coolest thing ever! The most inclusive blessing experience I’ve ever had in my entire life! I’ve never felt more included and less of a pariah! I walked up to my roommate, stood in the circle, about to put my hands on her head when my roommate did something….that I should have seen coming.
She laughed. And then she said, looking highly weirded out and a little offended, “I would love the blessing, but I dunno about having a GIRL in the circle with me.”
I bounded back away from the circle, a smile on my face and said “Then let’s get this show on the ROAD!”
My heart and soul slunk along on the floor after me a few seconds later.
Here’s the thing. Because of the way we are trained to always seek blessings and any sort of official religious contact with God ( personal contact is still ours through prayer.) through men, an intelligent woman would deduce that there is something about women which prevents messages and contact with God from functioning correctly.
I mean, what does she think we are? God’s Kryptonite?
My roommate doesn’t think that my presence in the blessing circle sullies the whole thing because she’s dumb. She thinks that because she is smart- and it makes perfect sense if you consider the messages she’s gotten her whole life.
“I would love the blessing, but I dunno about having a GIRL in the circle with me.”