It's the first Friday of the month and that means it is Random Journal Day! Grab one of your old journals, open a page and use it to inspire a blog post. If you want to read other RJD posts click on over to Beneath the Surface: Breath of Faith and link up with other bloggers.
Today I opened a journal that I kept for Rocker Son from the day we knew he was coming to make us a family of four. This entry was 7 years later as I pondered my 7 year old mystery boy........
December 7, 1993
In many ways (Rocker Son) is my mystery son. His thoughts do not tumble out all the time like (Writer Son) did at age 7. But his mind is very quick and always busy. He is often a step ahead of me in conversation, "If 3 cookies are OK, then 4 is probably Ok too, right?"
Yesterday he listened as I told Hubs about how wiggly he had been in church that morning. Rocker Son's immediate contribution to the conversation was, "But I'm not MADE to sit still!!" He was totally serious and probably right.
As I read the words in the little red, white and blue cloth covered journal, I was reminded of my last blog post here. I wrote about how we can be thankful for our own quirks and personality traits because our Creator designed us with intention and purpose, not accidentally. Accepting ourselves is a way of honoring what God made.
I wish I'd caught this lesson from my little dark-eyed kiddo back when he was 7 and seemed to "get" it pretty well. This charming young man is now a tall and handsome 26 year old who has always known who he was. At the age of 6 he knew what clothes or haircut were "right" for him and what was unacceptable to his high standards. I admire that strength today but did not appreciate it at all while shopping for school clothes back then!
I am still learning from this deep thinking and kind young man. I have always marveled at his ease and lack of fear when meeting new people. There just may be a link between his acceptance of himself and his open heart to strangers and new friends. The two go hand in hand, don't you think? When you are comfortable in your own skin, you can be more accepting and open to others around you.
When Rocker Son was seven, he knew that he was "not MADE to sit still". And if a serious motorcycle accident in 2011 that added a steel rod to his leg, is any indication, I think he knew what he was talking about!
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