I actually have lots of people like that and I plan to tell you about them in the next post, but for now I want to share just one.
Someone who is very close to me. He's eight and his name is Nathan.
I write about Nathan quite a bit, not because I love him more than the other two kids, but because he surprises me so often, probably because we are so different.
Me - closed personality, not great at sharing
Nathan - shares a lot
Me - type A personality, with organized canned goods in the pantry
Nathan - tons of favorite things crammed so full into his shelves that they fall out onto his bed where he sleeps with them even though they are sharp and pointy (i.e. Legos)
Me - completely self-conscious about everything from my appearance to my words
Nathan - comfortable with everyone he meets and totally unaware of whether he is even wearing clothes
Me - plans everything including play time
Nathan - life is playtime
Me - multitasking to the point of total ineffectiveness
Nathan - completely immersed in whatever is in front of him
My normal response to other people is, at best, "let me think" and often, "not right now."
Nathan's usual response to other people?
He says it with a casual tone of voice, real quick like the word is accustomed to jumping out of his mouth. I love to hear it. Almost every time, I stop for a few seconds.
I think to myself, "I want to be more like THAT."
"Momma, can I have some of your popcorn?"
"Hmmm, I'll have to think." or "Sure!"
"Michele, can you give me a quick haircut?"
"Really, today?" or "Sure!"
"Momma, you want to play with us?"
"Not today, I have to clean." or "Sure!"
You think Martha's sister, Mary, from the bible was like Nathan? Was Martha like me?
Jesus: "You guys want to spend some time together?"
Martha: "I WISH I could but I HAVE got to COOK in here!"
I think Nathan's way is more fun. I think Nathan's way would be better for the hearts around us.
Do I want to be more like Nathan?