Does anyone remember Girbaud jeans?
What were we thinking back then?!?
They were THE must-have on my back-to-school shopping list in the 90's when I was in high school. At $100 a pop though, my mom and dad were not nearly as convinced as I was about their coolness and their ability to make me cool, as well. Grandma Cathy could not fathom why anyone would want a white logo tag in their groin area. (Looking back, I don't really understand that, either.)
I was in despair because I didn't have one pair, much less two. When I found a pair on clearance for $20, I was one happy girl. That white tag on the zipper instantly upped my popularity status from a "5" to a "6". Just kidding! But I was disappointed--white tag or not, I never did get to "10" or into the popular group.
To be honest, I still struggle with comparing myself to others, in a variety of ways--looks, weight, talents, home decor, etc. I think most of us do.
Green noses sound pretty crazy, right? Who would want that? But if we simply substitute Girbaud jeans, being skinny, getting the latest tech gadget, clothing, toy, or the latest "whatever" advertisers are currently pushing, we can really relate to this book.
In If Only I Had A Green Nose, Punchinello is bewildered when he learns that everyone in his village wants their noses painted green. Eventually, he too, falls for the fad, feeling that he is worthless unless he has a green nose. He gets it painted only to discover that the new and improved color for noses is red. Then it changes to blue, then pink, and so on.
Most of us are affected by what everyone around us is doing, and we often feel "less than" if we aren't doing or owning it, too. I love how Max Lucado beautifully and clearly illustrates the lunacy of it all, and why trying to be with the "popular crowd" is not always a wise thing to do. This book is great for all ages, reminding us that our Creator made us all different on purpose, and that we should never be ashamed of who we really are.
Family Discussion Guide:
-Why did Eli make everyone different on purpose?
-What would it be like if everyone were the same?
-Why didn't Lucia want to get her nose painted?
-What made Punchinello finally decide to get his nose painted?
-Did he end up regretting it?
-Sometimes fads and peer pressure are harmless and sometimes they are dangerous. What do you see people doing right now that is really popular? Is it a wise thing to do?
-What can you do when others invite you to do something foolish or dangerous? Practice role playing the situation.
Community Question: What is the craziest fad that you remember? Personally, I vote for big hair and mullets!
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