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I saw this picture en route to breakfast with my son yesterday.

MY FIRST THOUGHT:

Ugh. How terrible! I hope for her own self respect no “skinny chick” gets in this car, either. I wish I could do something about this.

MY SECOND THOUGHT:

I am doing something. I am raising a son to see bodies not for what they look like, but for what they:

  • SEE: the stars, the sun, the ocean, smiles, beauty, sorrow, hope, and so much more
  • HEAR: sighs, snores, whistles, loving words, words of inspiration, music, and so much more
  • TASTE: bitter, sour, sweet, tangy, salty, spicy, and so much more
  • SMELL: cinnamon, honey, flowers, baby’s breath, freshly mown grass, and so much more
  • FEEL: wind, caresses, sand, sunlight, satin, and so much more
  • DO: run, hike, swim, dance, draw, knit, bake, hug, kiss, and so much more

There is so much goodness in these bodies of ours, regardless of what they look like. It’s a shame to overlook the goodness already present within while instead striving for someone else’s unattainable ideal without.

That’s what I see when I look at this picture: A reminder that when someone sees bodies in terms only of “fat” or “skinny,” they’re missing the point.

Our bodies are our keys to experiencing this world. Their capacities are incredible.

We should strive to revel in them as long as we have them.

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  1. December 8, 2013 at 7:02 am

    WONDERFUL post. Thanks so much.

  2. December 8, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Great post! ❤ a Fat Chick who is much more than that.

    • December 8, 2013 at 8:01 am

      Thanks, Lisa! I feel uncomfortable in my own skin right now due to pregnancy, but when I get too deep into that feeling, saying quiet thanks for all the things it can do is a great reset. 🙂

  3. December 8, 2013 at 11:13 am

    You are doing something about this. Raising your boy to look at more than the initial appearance is a HUGE step. Thank you.

  4. December 8, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Thank you for this post and for all that you do.

  5. December 9, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Well done! …. but I’m still going to keep looking! 😉

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