I'm in! It's done! I'm officially a member of the D.A.R!
For those of you who haven't read my earlier post on the subject (including the necessary Gilmore Girls references), this has been in the works for about eight months or so. Only one person in my family—someone who branched off my family tree way up there, whom I've never met—has become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.), so I had to do a bunch of genealogy research and complete a huge application. Then it had to go to the headquarters in D.C. and pass rigorous evaluation by the super strict genealogists in their employ. Then I had to be voted in by a council or something. Then I was assigned an official D.A.R. number.
Seriously. It's quite the process.
I found out I was official just before my meeting on Wednesday. I've been going to these D.A.R. meetings knowing—well, hoping—that I'd be official one day. I have a name tent and a button, but I've always felt like a guest. Couldn't really volunteer for much, being "unofficial" and all. Didn't have much to say at meetings.
But now? I'm in. I'm a part of it. I even talked at the meeting tonight! I had input! I counted!
On the way home from my meeting, I thought about what a difference that makes. Being "official," I mean. I feel like I'm truly part of the organization. I'm a member. I'm allowed to talk about the D.A.R. from the perspective of someone who knows what she's talking about.
When do you reach that point in Christianity? Right after you're baptized? That means you're in, doesn't it? You get the Holy Spirit and everything! Or maybe it's not until you become a member of a church. Then you're actually committed. You've settled down. You've said to the world, "I'm in it for the long haul now! I'm going to be a learning, growing Christian!"
Unless you become a member and don't actually go. That so doesn't count.
So when do you get to talk about Christianity with any authority? How do I get to have a blog and write about God all the time? What special council voted me in? Do I get a number and stuff?
Hmm. I'm not sure. What do you think?
P.S. - Now that I've finished all the seasons of Gilmore Girls, I've learned that they barely say anything about the D.A.R. Bummer.