So I’m on this little mission to encourage more openness and transparency in Vale. Believe it or not the kid is rather shy. People are drawn to him, in fact it’s kinda crazy sometimes, but he gets tongue tied and so he can struggle.
However, he’s insanely good looking. I know, I know I’m his mom, but seriously he is. We have been told, from probably 20 independent sources, that he should model.. Yeah… the anorexic boy should be thrust into that industry. I think not. He gets told he’s
cute hot handsome no.. sexy. Can you believe that? It thrills me that peers at school refer to him as Sexy Vale (well, his real name which makes an alliteration, but you understand), my 16 year old. Yeah totes luvs.
My husband came home from work and reported that someone wrote on the equipment at his job (where Vale works) that “Vale is so sexxy”. I mean really? And the icing on the cake (and then yeah, I’ll get off this diatribe) his immediate superior told Vale that he should model for Calvin Klein, calls him Calvin and says, “you just have that appeal”. Sexual harassment anyone?
So back to the transparency. So you have all these good looks, people are naturally drawn to you… what are you going to do with it Vale? Open up, share your story.. bits of it, sure, slowly… one day at a time. People will listen. You can do more for your peers who are struggling, suffering and longing than perhaps their parents, teachers, doctors, shrinks, etc. Moreover, chronicling how God has worked in you, helping you heal, can do more good than we can even imagine. Makes me think of the televised debates of the Kennedy vs Nixon presidency. Kennedy, although not nearly as articulate or bright swept those debates because he was far better looking. There’s so much opportunity to whisper change into people’s lives. Resounding hope.
I’ll let you know if he bites. I dare say, for the first time, he’s really thinking about it.