I was driving to a meeting last Thursday when I saw a large bed full of yellow tulips. Mixed in was a single red tulip. I smiled as I considered how it stood out against a sea of yellow tulips, all the same. I wondered how it came to be. Had a squirrel dug it up from a neighboring garden and dropped it off there, realizing that it was indeed not a nut that he could consume? Perhaps the tulip was planted there previously and when they were dug up this one missed the train? Is it possible for a tulip to change it's color? Chameleon tulip?
I smiled as I considered how much that tulip reminds me of myself. I feel like I don't quite fit in among any group of other individuals. I don't really know that any one fits in everywhere but I oftentimes feel like I don't fit anywhere.
Don't get me wrong. I have loving, accepting, and nurturing family, friends, and groups across the spectrum. I have a close knit group of religious friends who don't agree with me crediting the Universe with Gods plan. I have a family that doesn't support equal rights as much as they accept it. I have mom friends who think I am a good mother despite disagreeing with some of the methods I use. We may all be cut from the same, or similar cloth but I am always just slightly outside of the pattern.
I am that red tulip. I stand proudly as a single red tulip. I wouldn't have it any other way.