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366 Days of Writing Prompts – Day 101

April 10, 2016


Imperfections — in things, in people, in places — add character
to life. Tell us about an imperfection that you cherish.

If you browse the produce shelves of your local grocers, you will notice something odd. Every apple, cucumber, yellow squash and tomato are all perfect. What happens to the ones that aren’t? Are they devoid of flavor? Hardly. They toss out any with imperfections – the slightest bruise or growth mishap. There is nothing wrong with the way they taste. We are conditioned to only approve of those most perfect – in life and in our produce. But did we initially want this? Or is this truly just marketing hype and conditioning? I vote for the latter.

Those of us who grow our own food often discover little treasured mishaps – the crooked squash, misshapen tomato, the outlandish cucumbers, the less-than-perfectly shaped apples – all quirks of nature. They become conversation pieces at dinner tables and at open market booths. They are shown off for their imperfections. And their taste is often better than the perfect ones. Perhaps our Maker knows the quality and value of imperfections.

And so I cherish these imperfections – in my produce, in my friends and family, and in the public in general. Just because we are flawed, does not mean that under those bruises and blemishes, the crooked smiles and twisted, mangled bodies, a beautiful soul does not flourish and grow. Have a bite! We are delicious!

How about you, dear readers? What imperfections in life do you cherish? Share your thoughts with me in comments.

  1. I think imperfections are what make people interesting and unique.

  2. G. R. McNeese permalink

    The one imperfection I admire in my life consists of two imperfections: my kids. I love them very much. I admit that I get a little agitated when they don’t behave as I expect, but that’s my fault. I need to lower my expectations and let them be kids. They’re innocent for a short period of time. I need to cherish those moments even more. Still, I can’t imagine my life without them.

    • That is a beautiful “imperfection” to love, G.R. *smiles* Kids do need to be kids… they will rise up to your expectations in ways you never imagined… if you will just let them
      Thank you for stopping by!

  3. Delicious deliciousness !!! Imperfections rule perfectly 🙂 Blemishes are beautiful ! Quirky is awesome 🙂 In the eyes of our Creator we are all perfect and perfectly loved 🙂

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