One of my boys drew this picture this morning and it immediately inspired the following story/poem.
There once was a boy who had antennae in his head.
It made it very hard to lay down in his bed.
He would turn on his side or with his pillow he’d sit
But his antennae just made him want to throw a big fit.
So he’d lay on his back and he learned to sleep still,
But it never was easy and it took all his will.
There were other things that were hard to achieve,
Like wearing a hat or getting his arm in his sleeve.
He had to be careful of low hanging trees
And His antennae would attract lots of birds and some bees.
He always felt different out of place or alone
And when school was all done he’d head straight for his home.
He knew other people would look or would stare
And it bothered him even if he didn’t want to care.
There were times he’d get mad and he’d try to remove
But an impossible mission it would ultimately prove.
They were stronger than steel and secured deep in place,
coming out of his hair on the top of his face.
As he grew from a boy to a young teenage man
He made some good friends who helped him understand
That everyone one was different and his different was new.
And his antennae were obvious, this much was true.
But his gift came in handy like the time they were lost
In the woods. It was freezing and starting to frost
It wasn’t very long until they were found
Cause the antennae were tracked with a low beeping sound.
Or every time something falls in a crevice or crack,
The antennae make it easy to get it all back.
He eventually came to love what he had
And accepted the good along with the bad.
He stopped trying to hide what was unique about him
And took up the chance to competitive swim.
The antennae gave him the advantage at the pool or the beach
Coming in first with the extra inches in reach.
He eventually set records in time and in wins.
People forgot his antennae and swore he had fins.
His antennae were different and certainly new
And like him you and I have differences too.
Maybe red hair and freckles or lips that are blue
Perhaps a tooth in the front that is slightly askew.
Maybe hair that’s so curly or really big shoes
or you snore really loud every time that you snooze.
See, your life is a color with it’s own special hue.
so love what you’ve got cause it’s what makes you, be YOU!