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Saturday, April 28, 2012

V is for VASHTI

[This is the MILLERWRITES contribution to the 2012 Blogging A to Z April Challenge  Here is my INTRODUCTION to this particular series, and an opportunity for you to influence which alphabetically aligned weird words I will comment on this month.  THANK YOU for stopping by!]

The story of Esther, the undercover Jewess beauty who became Queen of Persia, as told in the Bible book of the same name, is incredible!  The twists and turns of this true account of the heroine Esther, her brave Uncle Mordecai and the evil Haman could only happen in real life.  And it all starts with VASHTI.  VASHTI was King Xerxes Queen until she refused to come into his banquet hall so he could show her off.  You will get a kick out of how her disobedience got her deposed from the throne because all of Xerxes advisers warned that her rebellion was a terrible example for the women across the kingdom!

[ Of course they were right, but I'll save that speech for when we get to the letter MS and I'll do "MS is for Mike's Suicide!"   He hee.  Good thing women can't read between brackets, eh guys?! ]

That's all we know about VASHTI, except that with the exception of Esther, she was the most beautiful woman around.  As a man, I don't know what to think about such a woman who stands out among the rest.    Well, I know what I think, but what does SHE think about being so gorgeous?

At first, one might think it's purely a wonderful thing to be so lovely.  Everyone loves a beauty queen right?  Or is that the very problem?   The negatives must be burdensome.  With piggish men staring, jealous women glaring, and all the while never daring to be seen under anything but the best light.  Such a woman must feel a lot of pressure to match her character and attitude to her skin deep, though only genetically controlled features.   And then, being human, she must readily fall short.  A VASHTI or an Esther must be aware that she had nothing to do with the raw beauty she lives in, and struggles with how to respond to appearance based compliments.  Personally she needs to be considered for her talents and interests, and given allowance for her flaws and weaknesses, but that perfect face and figure regularly intimidate the simple minded [ men ] and distract women who might otherwise become good friends.

So what do you think ladies?  Was anybody more relieved than VASHTI when she was deposed?

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1 comment:

  1. It's very, very tough being beautiful. Burdenseome. Even on this side of middle-age. She says with eye lashes all a flutter...:))))))))))))))))))))))))


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