Sometimes I care too much what people think.
This hiccup in my personality seems to come out most when I’m on a plane. And since I’ve been traveling a lot, I notice it all the more.
For example, I’ve been reading the Twilight series. I want to branch into writing some teen fiction, so I was curious about what exactly drew teens into the shimmery vampire/handsome werewolf world.
Well, as soon as a woman sat down next to me on my flight, I wanted to explain my reading material.
“I know you’re going to glance over and see what I’m reading,” I wanted to say, “but I just want you to know in advance that I’m not a grown woman with a crush on Edward Cullen. I’m doing research.”
“Don’t raise your eyebrows at me,” I’d add, “I’m serious!”
So in order to avoid that awkward conversation, I was reading the book on my i-pad with a napkin casually balanced over the title of the book at the top of the page.
On another plane I was studying notes for an upcoming interview on purity. I was reading through the questions—several of them talked about sex (and yes, used the word). Several more talked about purity. A big burly man was sitting next to me. I caught him reading my stuff out of the corner of his eye, but when I turned to look in his direction—he quickly looked out the window, at the ceiling, anywhere but at me. I could almost feel him squeezing his body as far from mine as possible. Like at any moment I might look at him, bunch up my eyebrows, wag my finger and ask him what he’s been up to for the last few days.
I faced another situation in an airport in Raleigh, NC. I was sitting at a table in a sports grill type place. Brian’s birthday is coming up, so I was in the middle of working on a card for him. I knew this would be one of the only times I’d get to work on it, so I opened up my bag and pulled out my crayons, markers and colored pencils. Yes, I was making him a card. A very big and elaborate card that counted out fifty things that I love about him.
I put three things per page and colored, shaded, filled in all my cool lettering and fancy pictures.
A very business-type gentleman sat a few tables down.
“Oh,” he said, after glancing at my crafty-giftedness a time or two, “are you a teacher?”
I turned a few shades of red as I responded. “No, ummm…. I’m actually making a card for my husband.”
“Making a card?”
I colored in my number 40 and shaded the words, “You are studly!” on my card.
“Yes.” I said. Without turning to him.
The waitress showed the same curiosity. “Are you an artist?”
“Ummm, no. I’m making a card for my husband’s 50th birthday.”
I could almost hear her thoughts. Hmmm… how… special.
I must have sat at the table for a few hours with various folks going by. I felt a little weird with all my crayons and markers scattered all around, but I continued to scribble, color, and draw away.
Actually, wait a second! You know what? I guess I don’t care too much what people think. Or at least the discomfort doesn’t stop me from doing stuff. Despite my embarrassment, I still read the vampire book. I still worked on the purity questions. I still sat in the middle of a busy restaurant and colored pictures for my husband like a giggly second grader.
I think its love. I love teens and want to know what captures their hearts. I love purity and want to share its amazing coolness with the world. And I love my husband, my hunka-hunka burning love and I don’t care who knows it.
I guess that’s our ultimate cure for pushing through all things uncomfortable, right? Love. Love makes us do crazy things.
So friends, what has love made you do lately?
I think it’s very special that you poured your heart out into Brian’s card with your crayons, markers, and pencils:)
Thanks, Jennifer! 🙂
Love has made me scoop my toddler up one handed (other hand was full) and carry him like a football to the car through the parking lot to keep him from being run over by a car. Witnesses might have thought I was kidnapping him by the way he protested. Yes, love makes me willing to run full out in public, take a beating from an 18 month old, and risk being turned into the police. Love has also made me catch vomit in my hand and watch the Wiggles when I’d rather watch Hawaii 5 O. And that is just ONE day!
True love is refreshing, full of hope, and just plain priceless! AWESOME POST! 🙂 ❤
Elsa!! In my quiet time/journaling I was think about “Love motivates”… what love motivates us to do… what love motivated (and motivates) God to do for us. I was reading in Ephesian 3 (18/19 in particular). Can we grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ? Then by “coincidence” I read your blog! God is so cool! Thanks for sharing what motivated looks like in real life! I loved it!
Ooops… meant to say “Thanks for sharing what motivated “love” looks like in real life”