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Defective. Delicious. Delightful.

Posted on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

The summer of my sophomore year of high school I had to go to summer school.  I didn’t need the credits.  My parents wanted me to keep learning, keep me busy and help me to stay out of trouble.  It was a wise parenting strategy.  I loved to learn and summer school had smaller classes and mostly stress-free.

I wasn’t alone, but I was in the minority.  Most of the students didn’t want to be there.  Some kids resented being in summer school.  Other kids felt defective being there.


Summer school didn’t offer bus service so every school day I walked the two miles to school. I could choose many possible paths but all lead past the Hostess Factory.  One mile to the Hostess factory.  One more mile to school.

The Hostess factory had a store attached.  My favorite part of the story was the side table.  On the side table sat plain paper bags stapled at the top.  They sat there lined up.  The bags were filled with several “Hostess Ho-Ho’s“. 

These Ho-Hos were not regular tubular Ho-Ho delights, these were defective.  By defective I mean to say that they were misshapen.  They were not shaped the way the rest of the Ho-Hos were.  And they were not filled or covered with the standard amount of filling or chocolate coating.

Defective?  It was a matter of perspective.  I thought they were delicious.

Delicious defines delicious as “Highly pleasing or agreeable to the senses, especially of taste or smell…Very pleasant; delightful”.  Many of us focus on our defects, our flaws to be congruent or in line with the common standard rather than special and unique.

The Ho-Hos in the boxes were normal shaped, normal tasting and normal prices.  The Ho-Hos in the bags were discount priced, misshapen, and usually filled with too much white delicious filling, or too much chocolaty goodness.  Basically they had more of why I ate Ho-Hos for less money.

Defective, yes.  Delicious, yes.  Discounted, yes.  Delightful, of course!


Sadly, far too many people spend far too much time focusing their eyes on the ways that they are not like everyone else rather than their own unique strengths.  Sometimes it takes someone with a special appreciation for uniqueness to see the value of differences, and other times it’s just common sense.

I hope that you and I will celebrate our uniqueness too.

One song writer was able to see past his defects and self-doubt and sing, “You made my whole being; you formed me in my mother’s body. I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What you have done is wonderful.  I know this very well.” *

You and your uniqueness are just as important as everyone elses.  This too, is mysilentscream.


* Psalm 139:13-14, NCV

Bring on the comments

  1. “…too much white delicious filling, or too much chocolaty goodness.”….No such thing, it does not exist. That is like saying “there is too much cheese on this pizza”. Tell Amy to stop laughing!!!!!

  2. Peeps, Amy wishes that she could enjoy a cheese-ily delicious pizza!

  3. I learned a lot from this article, great help for me, thank you!

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