06 March 2013

She was born for this...

I'm writing a screen play for a movie...

It's about a young girl born with a gift for handling animals... she's more than the "Horse Whisperer"... she is the "Horse, Pig, Cow, Chicken, Rabbit, Duck, Turkey, Goat Whisper" all wrapped up in one... there isn't an animal she fears and every animal is considered a dear friend.

As the story progresses she begins to dream of working with animals in Africa as she sits in her grandfather's lap and he shares photos of his adventures from around the globe... she is hooked... she begins to gather animals in her backyard in quantities that most parents would balk at...

As she enters her teen years she gets opportunities to work at medical research facilities and manage a large pig farm at a local college... her prized project being the complete dissection of a pig and reassembling its entire skeleton... she also becomes fascinated with disease and begins to cut out newspaper articles about Ebola and posts them all over her room... to some this may seem disgusting but this girl is in awe of the powerful disease and someday hopes to stop it...

But trouble strikes... as she becomes a young woman she begins to hear that a good Christian girl should dedicate her life to her husband and children... making 5 course meals, keeping a spotless home and meeting the every need of any visitor in her home... even better she is told that to be a pastor's wife is the greatest honor of all.

She does it and in fact she's amazing at being a wife, mother and host… look out June Clever… Wally and Beaver never had it so good... but despite all her good Christian girl success she dreams of something more…after 12 years of leaving her animal pursuits behind she has occasional moments of self-doubt wondering why God would give her such a passion for animals and disease yet did not give her the chance to do what she is most passionate about… or worse, is it wrong to have such a passion for animals and disease when there are three little pigs (a husband and two sons) she is already responsible to care for at home?

By now you might be picking up on who I am writing about... despite my propensity to exaggerate I would say that up to this point 99.9% of this story is true... and here is the Disney ending...


Christine just got offered a job... to research Ebola in the pig population of Uganda. It's a 4 week contract to start but if all goes well and the risk assessment shows a serious enough level of threat there could be a long term research position with her name written all over it!

So the "three little pigs" had a meeting... and they all decided that 5 course meals and a spotless house aren't all they are cracked up to be... instead the "three little pigs" want to see mom dream big, eradicate Ebola, make Bill Gates wish he hired her to cure malaria and have her Disney ending. An ending where her sons can see clearly that God gave their mom passion, brains and skills for a specific purpose. An ending that shows other good Christian girls from hyper-conservative backgrounds that "bare-foot in the kitchen" is just one option but God might have designed them for something a bit outside of the norm. An ending that isn't written, that at times is a bit frightening and might not be easy... but an ending that no one can deny is the ending that God made her to chase after!

So my Disney Princess ( I might get kicked for that new pet name)... go for it! Don't hold back! We can live with a few messes here and there... better yet, we can learn to pick up after ourselves. We can live with dad's three meal cooking options of pancakes, mac-n-cheese or toast... but we can't watch your dream job pass you by!

Just don't bring any of the Ebola home with you is all we ask... but a pig in the yard is perfectly acceptable!

1 comment:

Lisa Harding said...

LOVE this and am excited for all of you!