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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Write something suitable for CHILDREN (05/31/07)

TITLE: Fluffies
By Angela Posey-Arnold



So what if you are a little fluffy. Every body has something about themselves that they want to change, everybody does. In a recent study it was determined that 92% of young girls want to change something about the way they look. It is just part of growing up and figuring out who you are. It is ok to want to change something but it cannot define who you are.

Your weight is not who you are. There is certainly more to you than numbers on a scale. People that care about you will encourage you to loose weight because they think it is the healthy thing to do. Loosing weigh is fine but it cannot be your focus. Shift your focus to your talents and abilities.

God has created you just the way you are for a reason. Every person is given talents. Do you really and truly want to be a super model? You may have a brilliant mind. Maybe you can write stories. Maybe you are a great friend and listener. Whatever God has given you is what you must focus on. Being skinny is not all it is cracked up to be anyway. Maybe they appear to “have it all” but they don’t. Everyone has problems, even skinny people.

Measuring your self worth by your weight only stifles your creativity. Don’t buy in to the world’s view. God says you are a child of the King, Royalty. So act like it. Feel like it. Be it. God certainly knows better than the evening news. Who do you want to be, Paris Hilton? Oh come on. Nobody wants to be her, her skinny self is going to jail. What could be so great about going to rehab or jail?

Just because you are a little fluffy does not mean that you are not beautiful. Beauty is natural, whatever God gave you. If you are so concerned about your outward appearance it is ok just go with what you do have. Find your strengths and go with it.

Get a cute hair cut and show those big baby blue eyes. Get your ears pierced and wear pretty earrings. Don’t try to hide behind makeup, use makeup to define your already beautiful features.

Dress well. Don’t try to dress like Paris. Nobody can wear that stuff. Dress like you. Never wear horizontal stripes and always be clean and neat. Wear pretty colors. Find out what colors look good on you and use that. Wear darker pants than tops. Wear cute shoes, If you like pink, wear it.

Paint your nails. Wear pretty sandals in the summer. Be pretty and act pretty. Have manners and most of all, be sweet. Sweetness is a virtue that most super models do not have. Just be sweet.

Do your dreams. Never put off your life waiting to “get thin”. Just go ahead and do what you want to do. Pursue your dreams. Do what you love and the beauty will come shining through that. People are attracted to happy people. Just be happy with who you are and everything else will fall into place.

Everyone on the face of this earth has problems. Being a little fluffy is an obvious problem or so it seems to some. If you want to loose weight, fine. Eat low fat and drink water. Walk a little extra. Do what you can but do not be consumed by it. There is just no reason to waste your life worrying about your weight. Some people are heavy as kids and grow up to loose all of that. Some people are skinny as a rail as kids and grow up to have extremely wide hips. Either way, life is not about being skinny.

If shallow people make fun of your fluffiness it is because they are trying to make themselves look better. Mean people point out other people’s problems in an effort to cover up their own. I sure had rather be a little fluffy than to be a brainless boob that has to make fun of others to feel better about themselves. You be sweet—that will make you more attractive than showing your belly button. Nobody really wants to see your belly button anyway.

So what if you are a little fluffy. Be soft and sweet and your beauty will shine.

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patricia douglas06/07/07
I really liked the concept of being a little bit "fluffy". It conjures up warm and loving and cute things. Things we love to hug. What a great idea. Very nurturing story for young people.
Kristen Hester06/07/07
Great subject that needs to be addressed. One suggestion: "Fluffy" would be a word you might use with very young kids and then some of the other topics are geared toward old children. In other words, I'm not sure a child who needed to hear "fluffy" would know who Paris is. My seven year old would not know who Paris is (Though she may be very sheltered, so I may be wrong!). But great topic and good,encouraging words.
Paul Potenza06/07/07
Your story reminds me of the biblical quote where God (Yahwey) tells the Hebrews "Be holy because I am holy" Leviticus 19:2.

I'm a guy who has struggled with weight since I was BORN at 10 lbs 3 ozs.

You found a receptive audience in me tonight. At fifty one years of age (and STILL overweight) I've found that God isn't too interested in your weight...but rather with what you do with the temple that He has given you.

I pray that you find peace tonight.

Lay Chilly. (That's an old Marine Corps term that we use to express that we want you to be protected and safe.)

Janice Fitzpatrick06/08/07
I really like this. I, have so many friends who I grew up with who faced cruel teasing because of their "fluffiness". I on the other hand had the opposite problem. No matter how hard I tried when I was young, I could not gain weight and was made fun of for being EXTREMELY thin and anemic on top of that.:0)
Feeling different or freakish can tear away at self esteem. It is but another tool of the enemy to destroy what is prescious to God, His children. I really think you should develop this and submit it into a girls magazine. It's very encouraging. God bless,keep up the writing hon. Janice
Joanne Sher 06/09/07
This is definitely a message that young people need to hear. I feel like this might work a bit better geared toward the teen crowd, because of your references, but otherwise this is great!
Love the excess weight being called fluffies, we've pretty much all probably had to deal with them at some time. It is definitely something many young girls are struggling with. Good advice and input of positive thoughts to embed in their mminds. Keep writing
Jacquelyn Horne06/12/07
This should encourage a heavy child to feel better about themselves. However, I can't see a ten-year-old, cutting their hair (on thier own), painting their nails and wearing makeup. The weight part is encouraging.