Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pineapple Watching and Standing Alone

The other day I cut some pineapple while Girlie watched with her binoculars. After a few minutes she put her binoculars down.

"You know, it's actually kind of boring to watch pineapple. . . . But somebody's gotta do it."

And with a big sigh that carried the weight of the world, she put those puppy's back up and dutifully watched the pineapple.

Outwardly I simply thanked her for being so dutiful in her job. Inside I was laughing hysterically, and the first thing I did was snap this picture so I could post about it on Facebook. (Oh yeah, I'm totally that mom). And lots of people smiled at the picture, and laughed at her totally made up job.

But here is the thing. It wasn't long after this that she looked away for a second. And guess what happened??! Big Brother sneaked in AND STOLE SOME PINEAPPLE!! Turns out that Pineapple Watching really WAS important! And nobody knew it but Girlie.

So of course I'm going to turn this into an analogy, because analogies make me happy. Ready? Here we go:

Sometimes, when we do things that aren't the norm, people are quick to laugh. And to be honest, that doesn't feel very good. Actually, it feels downright crappy. And sometimes, we let other people's laughter or criticism decide what we will or won't do.  It can be hard to stand alone and follow our convictions . . . whether it is about watching pineapple or sticking up for a friend (or a not-yet friend). But you know what? Life is better when you stay true to you.

You watch that pineapple! You wear those socks! You try out for the juggling team if that's what you love! You be you. And just remember that when others laugh, it's only because they don't understand.

But you do.

And that's all that matters.