Return to Content
Read Our Devotional
Opportunities to be Published
The Home for Christian Writers! Matthew 6:33
Kids & Parenting
ENCOURAGE AUTHOR BY COMMENTING
Add to Favorites
Free to Share
Author requests article critique
“Mom, you’re so weird,” my seven-year-old, conqueror of the universe insisted.
Taking a sip of my cold coffee—shudder—I peered at Daniel over the rims of my pink Sally Jesse Raphael glasses that I bought in 1990 and closed my laptop. In my best Obi Wan impression, I attempted to impart wisdom into my small Padawan learner.
“Everyone is weird, son.”
My ten-year-old daughter’s head snapped out of the Poke'mon clouds in which she dwells. I had their attention.
I sighed, pushing aside my latest, greatest work of literary art to teach. “There is no such thing as weird. God gave each of us special abilities and interests—no two people are alike.”
Daniel’s look suggested I’d grown another nose. Undaunted, I proceeded with my lesson.
“See, Kayla (his sister) is sensitive and creative. She likes to pretend, make up stories and read. You love to make people laugh, so you throw yourself around, snort and make faces. I love to write. We’re all different and God can use us in different ways.”
“Yeah, my friend Sally is a good singer. She can read Braille and is really smart,” Kayla added.
“I make up stories too,” Daniel interjected. “I’m going to write seven books about a werewolf and get them published. Then they’ll be movies and maybe a video game. I’m going to build houses and ships and sell them in the front yard, too.”
“You’re definitely an idea man, Daniel,” I said laughing. “You just have to remember that talking about your plans is not the same as working at them.”
Daniel rolled his eyes. His book plans have dominated conversation in our household for weeks. To save my sanity, I’ve insisted that he write before talking. He earns short rights to discuss his dreams for bits of progress.
“The world would be a boring place if everyone was exactly like everyone else. God made us different on purpose and each of us have different, beautiful gifts to share.”
I went back to work on my masterpiece. Kayla returned to her Poke’-fantasies and Daniel continued his entrepreneurial dreams.
Several weeks later, my son decided he wanted to start an “Underground Club.” He planned to dig caves in the backyard where he and his friends could live. After forbidding him to dig and dealing with his distress, I tried to convince him that this was an impractical dream. In exasperation, I said, “Son, you’re just weird.”
“Everyone’s weird, Mom,” he replied.
PLEASE ENCOURAGE AUTHOR BELOW
LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
Reader Count & Comments
Barbara Thompson Young
28 Jul 2007
"You just have to remember hat talking about your plans is not the same as working at them.â€ť This is so true. I can identify with Daniel's 'above average' ability to dream...and dream...and dream! It's the "working at them" part I need to focus on! Thank you for sharing.
Your message came through!
04 Jul 2007
I LOVE IT! My keychain says "I'm not weird. I'm gifted." But the truth of the matter is, I'm just weird (different) as can be. There are so many lessons that we not only teach our children, but that we can learn from them... if we'll listen for them. I know that my own Daniel has taught me some of the most powerful lessons in my life. GREAT READ! And it's a subtle but firm reminder that I've got tons of things started and left them 1/2 done. Can't very well reach my dreams if I quit climbing midway there. I so appreciate your sharing.
02 Jul 2007
LOL funny. What a delightful read.
I had to jot these words of wisdom down, "Talking about your plans is not the same as working at them."
Thanks, Mom. :-)
This article has been read
Read more articles by
or search for other articles by topic below.
Search for articles on: (e.g. creation; holiness etc.)
Read more by clicking on a link:
Main Site Articles
Most Read Articles
Highly Acclaimed Challenge Articles
New Release Christian Books for Free for a Simple Review
NEW - Surprise Me With an Article - Click here for a random URL
God is Not Against You - He Came on an All Out Rescue Mission to Save You
...in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them... 2 Cor 5:19
Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Acts 13:38
LEARN & TRUST JESUS HERE
The opinions expressed by authors do not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
FaithWriters offers Christian reading material for Christian readers. We offer Christian articles, Christian fiction, Christian non-fiction, Christian Bible studies, Christian poems, Christian articles for sale, free use Christian articles, Christian living articles, New Covenant Christian Bible Studies, Christian magazine articles and new Christian articles. We write for Jesus about God, the Bible, salvation, prayer and the word of God.
Link To Us
Become A Member