Plank Story: You’re Weird

Seriously, do I seem weird to you?

Seriously, do I seem weird to you?

It was Christmas Eve, and I don’t recall what warranted this response, but my friend’s seven-year-old daughter said to me, “You’re weird.”  I chuckled and told her, “Well, I take that as a compliment.”

“Well, it’s not,” she retorted.  I laughed harder, after which, we had a brief, light conversation about how it’s good to be different.  Later that night, our families were exchanging presents.  This young friend’s school sells gifts so that kids can buy presents at school for their families.  She had picked out various thoughtful gifts for everyone in the room—hand soap for her aunt, crosswords for Matt’s dad, a candle for Matt’s mom, a flashlight you can attached to your work badge for Matt.  When it was my turn to receive her gift she told me that she was certain I was going to love what she got me.  “You think I’ll like it?” I double checked.  “No,” she clarified, “you’re gonna love it.” 

It was a whoopee cushion.  I laughed so hard I almost didn’t need a whoopee cushion.  I spent the next hour re-inflating it and playing with her and her little brother.  If I have a weird or at least immature sense of humor, she nailed it.   Though I think she may have enjoyed the whoopee cushion as much as I did.  Granted she is seven.  Still, it’s good to be weird. 


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About the Author:

Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.

One Comment

  1. Deborah Bax July 11, 2018 at 8:22 am - Reply

    I love this story. And I love that seven year olds recognize and enjoy the child in you. You are very lucky to be able to access her.

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