Saturday, November 21, 2009

Keeping it real

"Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart." Kahlil Gibran

Today I was jokingly told by my mother that I am "depriving" my daughter" by having a "tomboy of a mother". Funny, I always thought I was empowering her. I actually view myself as all woman, no make-up, hair dye or perfume required. I hope I'm teaching my children beauty is a state of mind. I see my body as merely a's outward appearance should not dictate my "worth". Our society puts so much pressure on women to be younger, prettier, skinnier ummm how about smarter and stronger. We don't have cable television, whenever we travel and I'm subjected to it I'm amazed by the number of commercials dedicated to "improving" the female body. Golly I'm not sure how I survive day to day without fuller eyelashes, color true lipstick, body ribbons of moisturizers and wrinkle reducers. How much money is spent in America by women in pursuit of unattainable "perfection"? My body is already perfect. The joy of my soul is displayed in each of my laugh lines. The white threads that span my abdomen are an homage to the miracle my body has performed...three times over. These less than pert breasts have nourished life. Why would I want to "fix"this. So no I'm not teaching my daughter how to blow dry, curl or shade her brow......thank goodness!