A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle sits at the top of the list of my all time favorite books!
I remember first checking the book out at my elementary school library and staying up waypast my bedtime unable to put it down.
With school starting back up I decided to reread it again and came upon this quote:
“People are more than just the way they look.” -Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
A wonderful truth for a middle schooler to read and absorb and yet it remains true for this middle ageish adult as well.
People are more than the way they look. And as our kids begin their classes and meet new classmates we encourage them to make new friends, to see beyond the way a kid looks.
Just like our kids, we are meeting new fellow parents at parent information meetings such as sports, PTA, and meet your teacher. Are we also making new friends and looking beyond the exterior?
If I’m honest, I categorize and judge fellow parents too…the crossfit stay at home mom, the stressed out executive, the car pool mom who’s in charge of everything…and I put up my wall, my defenses and rest easy in my smug judgment of others.
This quote nudges me to remember that people are more than just the way they look and extend a warm smile, an offer of grace and or friendship as we weather all the beginning of school year meetings and endless paperwork to sign.
Have you caught yourself judging other parents? Do you reread favorite books too? What about this quote challenges you today? I’d love to keep the conversation going! Join me in the comments!