Judah – my 2.5 year old – collects blankets.

At any given time, he’ll be toting up to 9 of his “blues,” “minis,” or “silkies” around the house. Lounging on them with a chocolate milk bottle, or arranging them for an afternoon nap.

We all think it’s endearing. And quite humorous to see his love affair that is uniquely his own, untaught by any of us.

Yes, not all of our habits are as charming as a 2.5 year old’s fetish with blankets. But we probably have at least one that’s genuinely “us.” That makes us unique.

If it’s annoying to everyone around, maybe think about changing for the better. While no one may say it, that lip biting thing you do is kinda’ awkward for everyone watching. So is the way you overreact to correction, or shake your foot incessantly at the table.

I’m not talking about areas where we need to mature socially or personally.

But that characteristically uncommon thing that’s “so you”?


Don’t change that. It’s part of what makes you “you.” And to the right people, you wouldn’t be right without it.

I still cross my feet when I sit on my knees. My parents thought it was cute when I was a boy – my wife thinks it’s cute today. And my kids all do it, too.

Genetic or not, its often our funkiest habits that become our trademarks. Learn to love ’em, not despise ’em. Doing so will only help you love who God invented you to be, and shed some of that ugly self-criticism.

And appreciate the mannerisms, traits, and oddities of those around you. Not only will you smile at the obvious God-fingerprints on them, but your life will be richer for it. ch:



Jamie Rutigliano · 21 Sep ’11 at 8:01 am

I Love this so much… So much truth…And I love that Sue though it took her many years ..She got that about herself ! as well as others and so the impact she made on others !!!!…Thank You for your GIFT OF THOUGHTS AND WORDS.Love You

    Christopher Hopper · 21 Sep ’11 at 9:58 am

    You’re so kind, Jamie. It’s comments like this that make my blog worth working on every day. Thank you.

Glade · 21 Sep ’11 at 8:01 am

You’re so right. We all have little quirks that make us special! Off the bat, I would have to say mine is the way I hold silverware. Instead of holding it as I would a pencil, I grasp it in my fist. I didn’t even realize it until I saw my older sisters again, and they laughed and said, “You still hold your fork exactly the way I remember!”

    Christopher Hopper · 21 Sep ’11 at 9:58 am

    Awe, that is SO GREAT! Love it! Never change it, Glade!

Brittany Tuttle · 22 Sep ’11 at 10:27 am

Hayden can’t walk yet, but this will be her. Cant sleep without her blankie 🙂

lorae · 22 Sep ’11 at 12:37 pm

I am so glad everything is going good for you all. We will continue to keep you in our prayers. Be careful, all those things you are noticing him do may make you start subconsciously doing it to! lol

    Christopher Hopper · 22 Sep ’11 at 2:19 pm

    I’m pretty attached to my blankets. True story.

mooney · 22 Sep ’11 at 7:41 pm

Haha awesome! I dont think i’m aware of my quirks. I guess thats the point, right? But if i ever quit them, i’m sure my friends and family would let me know. Lol

    Christopher Hopper · 23 Sep ’11 at 6:53 am

    They’d say, “Uh, Moon, where’d you go? What happened to you?!” Thanks again for you family’s cooking prowess being shared with us.

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