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The Missing Piece Meets the Big O.
« on: May 27, 2008, 03:03:09 PM »
I've used this short children's story for years in therapy and teaching, and I was so pleased to find an online version of it!
It is entitled "The Missing Piece Meets The Big O" by Shel Silverstein. Have a read and tell me what you think:
http://osorhan.com/bigo/index.php
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Re: The Missing Piece Meets the Big O.
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2008, 08:41:27 PM »
Silverstein was such a gifted writer. He has a knack for taking complicated themes and phrasing them in a way anyone can understand. I appreciated this book. Thanks for posting it.
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Re: The Missing Piece Meets the Big O.
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2008, 09:27:20 PM »
I loved it! It's  been quite awhile  since the last time I read it, but this time around I thought about how this little story illustrates the importance of being a "whole" rather than a "needy" person before embarking on a relationship.  Spending time alone, developing interests, reading, enduring our share of suffering; all contribute to making us into people who are complete and who have something to share, rather than merely yearning for someone to come along and magically "complete" us.
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Re: The Missing Piece Meets the Big O.
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2008, 10:22:06 PM »
I especially enjoyed the part where the wedge outgrew the wheel that completed her, which led to a bitter breakup.
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Re: The Missing Piece Meets the Big O.
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2008, 10:32:31 PM »
I especially enjoyed the part where the wedge outgrew the wheel that completed her, which led to a bitter breakup.

Reminds me of what I've read about women who marry much older men because they are subconsciously needing a father figure. Eventually the young woman becomes independent and breaks away, no longer needing him. Of course, this is all from a strictly secular perspective. 
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Re: The Missing Piece Meets the Big O.
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2008, 10:45:17 PM »
Of course, this is all from a strictly secular perspective. 
I don't believe anything we understand about the human condition can be strictly secular. And you're absolutely right about the father figures; boys do it too with mother figures.
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Re: The Missing Piece Meets the Big O.
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2008, 11:09:00 PM »
My kids liked it so much they want me to keep the link!

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Re: The Missing Piece Meets the Big O.
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2008, 02:02:32 PM »
I think it addresses a lot of issues.
Co-dependency,
The need to learn to "roll" by ourselves and that this process is sometimes a difficult one.
Growing means facing challenges.
Growing sometimes means reducing: it "takes off our corners" and "changes our shape" to make us more able "roll".
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Re: The Missing Piece Meets the Big O.
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2008, 02:14:52 PM »
Great story.
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Re: The Missing Piece Meets the Big O.
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2008, 05:59:32 PM »
Excellent.
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