Wednesday, February 17, 2010


"What’s your oddity?"

A rather odd missionary I know uses this line as a regular ice-breaker. I like it. We all have our weird quirks, both physically and personality-wise. The missionary community, in case you haven’t noticed, is full of interesting characters. Uniqueness is the common denominator among us.

For me, my physical oddity is readily apparent IRL. I look like I am five or six months pregnant. After seven children and four major abdominal surgeries, my body boasts loudly of its abuse. There is no hiding it.

Mom, in her good ol’ southern accent, always taught me, “If you can’t hide it, flaunt it!” Nonetheless, I refuse to flaunt this fat. I try my hardest to suck it in, which is impossible, and I always strategically place myself behind someone in photos. Going to the U.S., the land of mirrors and cameras galore, is a “unique challenge” I do not relish.

Personality-wise, maybe you’ve discovered my quirk. I tend to blab my short-comings before people have a chance to discover them on their own. Somehow that takes away the sting of being proven flawed or imperfect. Sounds dumb, I know, but there you have it.

How about you? What’s your personal oddity? Do share. Probably you are no more effective IRL concealing it than I am this poochy belly of mine.

IRL*one way or another, our oddities will come share!


  1. I'm a bit freaky about colors. And things matching. Although, that doesn't translate to my kids' wardrobe. :) It's personal.

    I know there are more oddities in here...but I'll save those for another time.

  2. At the WOTH retreat last summer there was a gal who helped people figure out what colors suit them best. She was that way about colors, confessing that even her undies had to be the "right" color each day. Haha.


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