Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Lessons from the Wemmicks
In this story, Punchinello is the main character who lives with other Wemmicks, wooden people all made by Eli the Carpenter. Each day, the Wemmicks hand out stickers to each other. Gold stars, not surprisingly, are for those who are attractive, talented, and intelligent. Grey dots are given to those who are falling apart and make mistakes. Punchinello struggles because he is often the recipient of the dreaded grey dots and the more he tries for gold stars, the more discouraged he becomes and the more mistakes he makes.
Finally he meets Lucia, a Wemmick with no stars or dots. He learns her secret is to visit Eli the Carpenter and spend time with him. She knows her true identity is not in what the other Wemmicks think but in the fact that she is loved by her Maker.
Punchinello loves the idea of living free of the marks given by other people and as a result visits Eli and begins to understand that he is loved beyond what he could have imagined. His healing begins.
Away with the stars! Away with the dots! Lucia had the right idea, living free of the marks place by others and fully enjoying her true value.