24 May 2017

For Rebekah's Graduation

{The speech I gave at Rebekah's {she's #5 among my siblings} high school graduation party. She's moving to the USA today to go to college, so if you think about it, pray for her and this gigantic transition, she's lived in Malaysia since she was 5.}

The problem with Rebekah is that she's just a little too much.
In a family of mostly obedient children, she's a little too rebellious.
At youth group, she's a little too mischievous, and I would know.
In Malaysia, she's a little too white, a little too American.
In America, she's a little too Malaysian.
She watches a few too many Korean dramas and puts one too many fake cockroaches in the pizza box at Awana.
For a woman, she's a little too tall, a little too outspoken, and a little too strong.
She's a little too young to be one of the "big kids" in our family, and a little too old to be one of the "little kids."
In a world where we're told that homeschoolers are socially awkward and bad at sports, she's a little too athletic and a little too friendly.
But she's still a little too homeschooled, isn't she?
She cares about the most overlooked in our society a little too much--to the point where she might even be a little too impolite in pointing out injustice to people who are a little too comfortable with their own lives.
And now she's leaving Malaysia a little too soon.
Rebekah, no matter where you go in life, I don't expect you'll find a place to fit in, but I do expect you to go on being a little too much.
Bekah Loves Blog said...

Nicely done! What school is she off to?

AnneMarie said...

What a great speech-you're such a good sister. I will be praying for Rebekah as she makes that transition!

rooth said...

I love this and wish her the best of luck!

Rach said...

Love this! Well said!

Charlene Maugeri said...

Aww! That is the sweetest thing!

Ali Hval said...

This is seriously the most precious thing you could write. I'm sure she absolutely loved it :-)

Jenny Evans said...

Beautiful tribute to your sister. You're a great writer and your sister is a great person!