Every Wednesday, I’ll post about multiple intelligences so we can better understand children and why they do what they do.

Hair On Fire

James confidently walked from his seat to the platform as he does almost every Sunday morning. He grabbed the microphone and made a comment about hoping everyone had a good week.

Then, glancing at the worship leader, he continued, “I had such a crazy week that when Kyle sent me an email asking me to help with something, I communicated my busyness by saying, ‘There’s so much going on in my mind, my hair is on fire.’”

Because James is bald, most in the large congregation quickly laughed. I didn’t.

During announcements, my sister-in-law leaned over and asked, “Did you see James’ head on fire?”


“I didn’t think you did. That’s why you didn’t laugh, right?”


I didn’t laugh because I’m not very picture smart. Seeing James’ head on fire didn’t naturally happen. I can create pictures in my mind when I’m motivated enough and have enough time, but I didn’t see this picture because it wasn’t necessary.

Necessary?  Picture-smart people would laugh that I’d even think such a thought. They couldn’t not see his head on fire.

I also didn’t laugh because I’m logic smart so the statement seemed silly to me. I wondered, why would a bald man even say that? This is a thought picture-smart people wouldn’t have.

When I was younger, sometimes it was awkward when I didn’t find something funny that my peers did. There were also times when I wanted to think more about things than they did. Therefore, I didn’t always feel comfortable during social activities and small talk. I wish I would have known these reasons. I think I would have liked myself more.