Some people compare themselves to smarter, richer, better-looking folks and feel inferior. Others compare themselves to people who are dumber, poorer, or uglier, and it makes them feel special.
I think I’d rather just look at the stars.
This morning we went to J.C. Penney for a half-price sale. After finding what I was looking for, I searched for George and Jacob in the men’s department. I found Jacob standing alone beside a wall display of Dockers. “Where’s Daddy?”
“He’s trying something on.”
“So you’re just hanging out here with the pants waiting, eh?”
“Yeah.” He paused. Then in the slow, oddly inflected manner of speech that has been uniquely his since the brain injury he added, “Like some humans do on the earth.”
Jacob makes random remarks like this all the time. He’s not trying to be funny. It’s just an observation that seems appropriate to him at the time. Combined with his voice, it’s really quite endearing.
I smiled at him. “Jacob, I think you’re the cutest one ever.”
He grinned back. “No, you are.”
Yep. I think I’d rather just look at the stars.