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Weird behavior is Natural in Smart Children

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Weird Behavior is natural in smart children Hunter Thompson

If this is true, my kids are the poster children, hence why I was drawn to this quote.  They do some crazy stuff.  They say some very funny things.  They do some very weird things.  I like to blame it on their smartness, creativity and imagination.  I love taking credit for it–because I am super good at letting them do/try just about anything.   (Lots of humility there, right?  HA!) I guess that makes me the poster child of the lenient moms.  I don’t mind dirt, weird contraptions, cooking concoctions, coloring on their bodies, bizarre outfit choices, etc.  I chalk it all up to learning.  Hence why I love homeschooling.  I figure the more experiences you have the more you learn and remember.  And aren’t connections and recall half the battle with smartness? (Hmm, bad sign, it took me three or four minutes to think of those words.)

I ran across this quote on Pinterest.  But tonight, I looked up Hunter S. Thompson, apparently the father of gonzo journalism.  I went down his rabbit hole on the internet for awhile.  I read a bit of his memoir that this quote came from, which actually is,  “Weird behavior is natural in smart children, as curiosity is in a kitten.”  He seems to have embodied this quote as a child, and as an adult, and became a fascinating person.

I want my kids to be fascinating.  I want their talents unwrapped in a glorious profusion of  celebration.  I want them to live up to the hype God promised when He designed them.  And if that means we must be weird, weird we will be!

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Be Complete on Your Own

 

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Be Complete on Your Own

I decided to share some more of the collaged stamping pieces.

Do you remember in the movie Jerry Maguire when Tom Cruise tells Renee Zellweger, “You complete me.”?  It was such a popular catch phrase for so long.

I came across this quote on Pinterest and liked it (by anonymous I am guessing, since it was not attributed).

God created us to be complete in and of ourselves.  He knew what we should be as a person.  But He also knew what we would need in a spouse, a friend, a family member.  We needed people to complement us, to help us learn, to teach us to love, to help us be a better version of ourselves.

God did a great job creating each of us.  But he knew we can’t do this on our own.  He calls us to brotherhood, calls us to fellowship.  He gave each of us unique spiritual gifts. And He gave us people in this world to help showcase them.  And He gave us Jesus.  What better complement to everything we do?

 

 

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Question to Enlightenment

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Kids are so good at questions aren’t they?  They know how to USE them:  to gain knowledge, to get what they want, to grow.  They know that the more they ask the more answers they will get.  To the point of being annoying at times.  But look at how much children learn and grow in such a short time.  Why as adults do we stop asking questions?  Why do we think we have all the right answers, or are not curious enough to even wonder?

One of my favorite parts of homeschooling is how much I learn.  I am growing right along with the kids in my knowledge of all sorts of topics.  All the funny factoids, all of the different points of view, all of the new information that I don’t ever remember learning about before –they all fascinate me.  Often I find myself in wonder of the world God created. I find myself confused by human actions.  And when humans use the talents God blessed them with for good, I am filled with joy.

Yes, the more questions we ask, the better.  Don’t be afraid to have the curiousity of child.  Learn from their example.

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Veritable Plethora

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In high school, our drama/speech crew loved the words “veritable plethora” and used it as often as possible.  I drew these crazy circles and buttons first, and then staring at them, those words came spilling back to me, along with all the memories and laughs.

We were having FUN.  Enjoying all the choices of joy in our lives.  And it is so true.  My friends, I am so inspired by the choices we make to find the fun, to find the laughter, to measure the moments of joy outweighed by the heaviness that can surround us.

I looked up that Hemingway quote the other morning from Just Going to Post it, and had such fun reading a whole list of his words.  I, honestly, have never read one of his books.  (I fully admit to reading more of Oprah’s and Target’s picks than the classics the last fifteen years).  But, I think he may be next on my list.  As I looked through quotes I enjoyed his words.  Many of them were, perhaps, not appropriate for this space.  But here are some that spoke to me, just for fun, and what drew me to them.

The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.  A Farewell to Arms

There’s no one thing that’s true. It’s all true.  For Whom the Bell Tolls  (Each and all of our perspectives and histories are true to each of us, true?)

Never confuse movement with action. Papa Hemingway  (An excellent example of the plethora of words and the importance of using them correctly, and perceiving them correctly.)

Eschew the monumental. Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones.  Published in Ernest Hemingway: Selected Letters 1917–1961  (See, little artworks are important, too!)

Pound’s crazy. All poets are…. They have to be. You don’t put a poet like Pound in the loony bin. For history’s sake we shouldn’t keep him there.  Published in Ernest Hemingway: Selected Letters 1917–196   (Ah, yes, us crazies have to be out, history needs us!)

There are so many choices of words in this world.  We can choose to quote the nasty, the evil, the bitter, the political. I am not saying that  we should not face the bad and use it to create change. But we can choose to find the words, in that veritable plethora floating in our air space, that will make our hearts, mind, and world better.

 

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I’m just going to post it

I found this quote last fall sometime, and at the time I found it sort of funny.  Then more and more people around me received cancer diagnoses and we had too many funerals in December, too many marriages dissolving– and it didn’t seem appropriate.  But this morning, I am looking at it in a different light.  From True at First Light, Ernest Hemingway:

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I post it now, because I am so inspired by those who are living every moment, who are pushing their lives to the very nth degree to get the absolute most out of it, who are letting their courage lead them no matter the outcomes.  They are taking THIS LIFE that God created for them and squeezing as much joy and peace out of it as they can.  Bravo.

I think of other people I know, who are living without fun.  They are stuck in a rut of bitterness, lost in a vacuum of pain, and in many ways they are dead to the world right now.  There is no twinkle in their eye, there is no laughter.  Their faces are stained with frowns and tears.  Yuck.  I’ve been there…those dark days of depression certainly are not fun and it is no wonder they are a spiral toward death.  Double yuck.

I want to walk this life with JOY, in FUN.  I want to laugh at the antics of my children, delight in God’s creation, walk in the hope that this life is meant to be beautiful and will only end with the blessing my faith provides.

I will choose fun, life, and joy.  I hope that you are able to as well.

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