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And I'm Lissie


June 06, 2012
My name is Lissie Massengale, and I am an alien. Not the kind you read about in sci-fi books; you can read about aliens like me in a different book. I am one of many, resident of the home of thousands who either do not know I exist or want me removed forever. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

I haven't been to too many places, but I don't think I'll ever leave my home, Indiana. Born and raised here, I want to give birth to and raise children of my own here, if it be God's will. First, however, I need to go to college, where I will learn to perfect the talents God has given me. For though I am not of this world, I see in my mind's eye a plethora of other worlds, worlds I believe the people of this planet simply must see, too.

I speak of writing, of art, of music. Which are all arts, but that is what I am: an artist. An artist simply puts into words or into form or image the world through their eyes, but that is not enough for me. I want my readers and/or viewers to see other worlds through my eyes, not just their own.

Why would I want to do this? I say it is God's will, yes, but many don't believe in God. Am I choosing to do any of this for myself, or am I letting the idea of an imaginary Sunday school lesson guide my thinking? I assure you I am thinking for myself, and I think that, as I am in the hands of the Creator of the universe, I should probably do my best to give as much as I can back to Him, and, if that includes doing what I love to change the world, who's to tell me different?

Despite efforts to persuade me that I have been brainwashed by my sheltered, homeschooled childhood, I intend to live not only my dream but to help fulfill the plan God has for all of His children in this alien world. I wish to be unique, set apart from others who might have a similar dream, so that my readers will know I am different.

So, in the end, when I leave this place for the hills and mansions of my homeworld, I will be able to look my Lord in the eye and tell Him I did my best.

Editor's note: Lissie Massengale, a 2012 graduate of Crawford County Junior-Senior High School, is serving as an intern with O'Bannon Publishing Co. this summer. In the fall, she will attend Belhaven University in Mississippi, where she will major in creative writing and art and minor in music.

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    Response to 'Apathy or Peace' opinion
    June 09, 2012 | 04:04 PM

    Hi Lissie, I've just read your views on the emotional climate in this country and as a non-Christian have seen this in a different way. I, and people like me are really no different. We are happy, sad, frustrated, quirky, same as anyone. Maybe more frustrated at times, be cause while we don't try to make others live as we do, there are those who think we need to be 'helped' into living as they do. I'm okay with buying alcohol on days other than Sunday, but, while I hate to see any life treated with disrespect (including other animals), I would never tell a woman that she must have an unwanted baby no matter what in a world already overpopulated and I also would never tell someone that they couldn't marry the person they loved. I am happy with my faith and want to treat others with respect and the kind of love that sees no need to 'help' other than to be there when truly wanted. Before people could openly dissent, horrible atrocities occurred. Women died by coat hanger and motor oil in back alley abortions and thousands of homosexuals were rounded up and sterilized. Unfortunately, there are always the kind of insecure people waiting in the shadows for a more zealous right to open the doors for the return and acceptance of such cruelty and worse. It's time we started working at loving each other as we are. There are no easy answers, but telling people they are wrong according to your particular faith and pushing them to conform as if they were wrong for not believing what you do is not a way that has ever worked. Acceptance and efforts at understanding are a good start. You are welcome in my home any time for tea and such talk:)

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