who wore a hat that said "ugly" on it.
It struck me odd as
his hat did not agree with what I saw:
a tall, chocolate skinned brother who was
smart, well mannered and dressed in his own style.
My mind couldn't comprehend where the ugliness fell on him.
But, as time passed, I noticed, or yet it was made plain to me,
that what he was referring to was on the inside and not out.
But even after the revelation, I still saw no ugliness.
It was a cry for help from a sickness
that he'd been fighting for too long by himself.
Depression had distorted his view, made his reflection seem as if the Maker had made a mistake and still put him in the world only as a case study;
to be poked and prodded by life's happenings; trampled upon and discarded.
Causing him to forget, his thoughts weak, toward the idea that he was so loved by the ones who were closest to him.
He's getting better now, his cry for help heard with open ears ready to spring into action. Ears listening for a clue as to why one as handsome and beautiful on the inside and out would refer to himself as ugly.
Soon, he'll be released to come home with a new outlook, a fresh perspective and better coping strategies.
Because he wants to live and thrive.
Because he has a future to look forward to and new dreams to discover.
And prayerfully, this time around he won't see himself as ugly.
Alita Baggett is a proud mother of two and a military spouse. She enjoys reading and most of all writing when she is inspired by life's happenings. In 2016 she took a leap of faith in starting her own blog and Facebook page "Finding God in the Everyday," where she shares insight on what she encounters on a daily bases from a biblical perspective. Alita's long-term goals include writing and publishing a book.