Every Christmas Eve we read the book, You Are Special by Max Lucado. It’s the story of little wooden people called the Wemmicks. They give stars to the talented or pretty people and dots to the ones that have chipped paint or they’re not very talented. There is a little Wemmick named Punchinello who is always given dots. Sometimes people give him dots just because he has so many.
One day he meets a girl name Lucia who doesn’t have any dots or stars. People tried to give her stickers but they wouldn’t stick. Punchinello wanted to be like that too, so Lucia tells him that she goes and sees Eli everyday and encourages Punchinello to do the same.
He goes and talks to Eli the woodcarver. He tells Punchinello that he doesn’t care what the other Wemmicks think, he thinks Punchinello is special “Because you’re mine. That’s why you matter to me.” Punchinello doesn’t know what to say and Eli tells him that the stickers only stick if you let them. As Punchinello leaves Eli reminds him, “Remember, you are special because I made you. And I don’t make mistakes.”
I LOVE this story!! I get a little choked up every time we read it, probably because I’m old. Anyway, I believe that one of the messages of this book is that we all have the same value. No matter if you’re tall or short, thin or thick, rich or poor, we all have the same value.
I am guilty of treating someone better because I think they have more value because they have a nice car, a nice home, or they’re pretty. It's something that I've been working on. I don’t know if people have treated me like I have more value than others, but I think I got a taste of it the other day.
My husband recently upgraded his car to a luxury vehicle. I took it to the car wash and was speaking to a worker when another guy came out of his warm little office to come and talk to me about my fancy car and made sure I was really taken care of at the car wash.
It made me giggle. Every time that I’ve taken my sweet, big van I’ve never received special treatment. If anything, the workers are usually annoyed with my big beauty and if it will fit. After my experience it made me more aware of how I’m treating others and if I’m ever guilty of doing the same thing.
Albert Einstein said, “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university."