The book's main theme is racial segregation in Missisippi circa 1960's. The story revolves around a group of maids, or "the help" as they are called. A young white woman by the name of Skeeter decides to interview these woman and write a book. This part of the story is so moving, so enlightening, so important.
Skeeter was friends with a girl named Hilly.
One of Hilly's minions was a girl named Elizabeth.
Skeeter was different. She befriended the beautiful women who were the maids. She wrote their stories, she gave them a voice.
You can see how Hilly would not be happy about that.
This led to Skeeter being frozen out and deemed an "outcast" from her group of friends. Queen Hilly had spoken, and her word was law. Skeeter stood up for what she knew was right, even though she knew she would be mocked and could lose everything.
Great story, right?
Surely nothing like that ever happens in today's world. (sarcasm) If you think clicks don't exist in adulthood you are in denial. I've seen them at my kids school functions, the ball diamond, and community events. There are still Hillys among us, my friends.
I hate to admit it, but I have a tendency to be an Elizabeth. I've never done anything horrible to gain acceptance from a Hilly, but I have tried very, very, very hard. I want people to like me. I've danced the dance, I've worn the right clothes, and I've said the right things.
Let me tell you, it's not all it's cracked up to be. In fact, it is a miserable way to live. I see that now. The only person I should worry about pleasing is the Guy upstairs. And my, how He and the Hillys of the world differ in their definitions of "good."
I want to be a Skeeter. I want to buck the system; not be normal. I want to love and accept everyone, not just the ones that are deemed cool. I want to smile at strangers and give them kindness. I don't want to live my life trying to please a Hilly.
How about you? Whose acceptance are you trying to gain? Don't be an Elizabeth.....stand strong and be a Skeeter!