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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Discern (08/12/10)

TITLE: Secret Code Messenger
By Beth Muehlhausen
08/18/10


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Secret Code Messenger


I AM DIFFERENT.

I canít understand speech. Or gestures. Or grabby hands that clutch for my arms or shoulders as try to I wring myself free. I mostly just want to be left alone.

Others donít understand me. Am I hungry? Bored? Happy? Afraid? I seldom laugh and even more rarely cry. I appear devoid of personality to them. A non-person.

Vision doesnít protect me from danger. I walk off steps. Eat sand. Try to escape slippery arms in the swimming pool. Run for the road, or the cliff, or the open stove door.

My big brother can talk. He makes music. I will never talk. I canít pound his drums or piano keys.

My two baby sisters smile and wear pink dresses. I mess my pants a lot. I will always mess my pants.

Food is exciting. I love to eat Ö everything. If I could, I would eat myself sick. I grab anything and everything and cram it in my mouth. Sometimes I choke. Sometimes what I eat is inedible.

Recently I had my fist seizure. Everyone panicked, and I was taken to a big hospital. I didnít care when they poked me with a needle. I didnít cry. Maybe someone else did.

I AM SPECIAL.

I have special needs. I have special insights.

I know you love me even when I know little else. I know it inside somewhere. Deep down. I know it when you hold my cheeks between your hands and kiss my forehead. I know it when our eyes connect for a split second, or when I wake up in the night screaming and you rock me and rub my back and give me crackers to eat.

How do I know?

Itís my secret. And I am special Ė remember? Shhhhhh.

I know Ö a Ö special secret. Itís a secret code.

Hereís how it works. Someone opens his heart to Godís love. Then he shares that love with me. When I receive it, the code is delivered. It spells out lots of things.

M-e-r-c-y

S-a-c-r-i-f-i-c-e

H-o-p-e

If I were genetically complete, I might do the obvious things. Sing. Or play football. Or hug my brother or sisters.

But what is a song? What is a ball? What is affection? Are those special?

I might build towers with blocks. Or wrestle. Or pick dandelions.

But what are toys? What is play? What are flowers? Are those special?

They say the tip of a chromosome is missing. Every cell in my body is lacking genetic code. There is no antidote. No fix. So I will never do the obvious things.

I will do more. I will be special.

I AM THE SECRET CODE MESSENGER.

I know the secret code. Maybe not everyone does. But I do.

The secret code is L-O-V-E. Unspeakable love. Your love. It breaks down barriers. Fills in blanks. Makes me human. Makes me divine.

I donít know how, but I recognize love. I know IT when I know little else. I know IT when I donít know who I am. Or who you are.

Love, unlike the obvious things, canít be understood. Only known.

Maybe this is my gift to the world, my message from God. Maybe people caught up in the obvious things will learn the code by watching me.

L-O-V-E. Love conquers all. This is what I know.


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Note from the author:

This is a tribute to children like our grandson who are born with chromosomal deletions. While they seem clueless in so many ways, they discern one thing well: LOVE.


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Charla Diehl 08/19/10
This was tender in the telling through the mind of the MC. Interesting and informative writing in this entry.
Caitlyn Meissner08/20/10
This was a wonderful article. I was honored to read it. Thank you for representing one of God's children so well.
Melanie Kerr 08/20/10
Beautiful. It almost makes me envious! All the normal things we do mean nothing if we haven't worked out the secret - or not so secret - message of love.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/21/10
This is a beautiful tribute to your grandson. Love can conquer all, it is the best thing that he can understand, and something many who aren't missing any part of a chromosome can't seem to comprehend.Thank you for sharing this special person with me.
Margaret Kearley 08/23/10
This is absolutely beautiful. I really echo all the other comments and also feel very honoured to have read this. Thankyou
AnneRene' Capp 08/23/10
This is truly inspiring and gave me comfort. My heart bleeds for these little ones. I have often wondered "what" they do understand. This story is a treasure. Great take on the topic!
Eliza Evans 08/26/10
Thank you for writing this wonderful and tender tribute, Beth. Beautifully done.

HUGE HUGS and HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on FIRST PLACE, MY FRIEND!!!!

WOOO-HOOO. :)

Jody Day 08/26/10
Congratulations and thank you for such a wonderful piece. So enlightening and insightful. Wonderful!
Carol Penhorwood 08/26/10
This is so worthy of 1st place. Truly there are special "gifts" among us that we don't recognize. Poignantly written. I truly felt God's spirit in this one. Thank you.
Patricia Turner08/26/10
An absolutely beautiful and moving tribute wrapped around the greatest of all gifts. Thank you and congratulations on 1st place; well deserved.
Laurie Glass08/26/10
A great big huge congrats! What an honest and touching piece. Lovely.