Last Thursday, we went to a clinic to get some tests done for Noelle. We need clearance from her pediatrician so we can have her dental procedure done as soon as possible. On the way there, we bought a bag of boiled peanuts. My girls have recently taken a liking to them, though they have always been peanut eaters like me (except when it’s in ice cream or food for Danae). Danae enjoys the fact that she already knows the technique in opening it. Noelle just loves to eat them.
I opened one that had rotten nuts in it, and showed it to the girls to teach them what not to eat. After that, when they’d see a nut shell that didn’t look so good (dark spots, soggy), they’d ask me if it was good or not. I’d always say I didn’t know and that we’d have to open it to see.
I love how ordinary conversations like that give me ideas to learn, to teach, and to share.
Nuts and people are the same. You can’t depend on what you see on the outside to determine if the nut (the actual nut or a person haha) is good or not. You have to see the inside first.
Before you make judgments on anybody because of what they look like, dress like, walk like or talk like, give them a chance. Talk to them. Spend time with them. Get to know them. It may take some effort, but you might be surprised by what you will find when you “open” them up. You might actually gain a new friend, and you might learn a thing or two.
They say don’t judge a book by its cover. I say don’t judge a nut by its shell. 🙂