Beautiful Onion; Fish Envy; and a New Friend
Swayed by the heavy half of my job, I walk with stout determination into her office and promptly get to work on the "problem". She quietly stands observing my progress. It is not her, but the problem I am attempting to resolve that is making me cranky. She continues to stand and observe. Stopping, to reach for a tool, I become aware of her quiet, gentle "Small Giantish" gaze. Straightening myself up, I mumble something about being right back and head towards the door.
In a nano-second, her intense calm manner, reaches me and my guard slips down. Slowly pivoting to face her, she simply asks, "Can I help you? You seem distraught?" In a dissident moment, a swirl of colliding inner-thoughts take over. I am both bothered that I did not hide my frustration as well as I thought I did, and oddly relieved that she noticed and even cared enough to offer to help. I am speechless (which doesn't happen often).
This "Small Giant" has worked in my building for approximately the last eleven months. She is delicately strong and boldly soft-spoken. Her ways are gentle, thoughtful, and steady. There is an impenetrable calmness that surrounds her uniqueness and I am drawn to it.
"You are a beautiful onion," she softly vocalizes. I stand staring at her. "Excuse me?" I mutter. She repeats herself, "You are a beautiful onion." I giggle. She states the phrase again, "You are a beautiful onion." I am smirking. Smiling, she joins me at the door and we walk to my office. I'm not sure if I want to know what she means by this. So, I don't ask. I just let it roll around in my head. She seems to have gathered snippets of noticings about me and my surroundings over these last eleven months and is choosing today to expose this insightful knowledge. I am silent. She continues on with an explanation about how she has observed me and that I have many, many layers to me just like an onion. My facial dyslexia is surfacing and I find my eyes revealing my amusement with the humor of this remark.
Entering the library, she boldly exclaims, "I have fish envy!" What? We repeat the onion scenario, only this time with the fish phrase. Now I am downright laughing. She stands gazing with amusement at me.
In less than five minutes, I have found a kindred word-smithing soul! I'm so glad she was brave enough to speak to my frustration. I now have a new fabulous friend who sees the world in a wonderfully unique way. Thank you "Small Giant" for being brave.
Who is it that God has put in your path that you haven't truly noticed before? We are all wonderfully unique and bring our own perspectives to this life we have been given. I bet He has someone waiting to be your new friend. Let's ask Him to open our eyes and really see those around us with His perspective. I look forward to hearing about your new friends.
Until We Chat Again,
The Plank-Eyed Girl