Hey, thanks Mom!
Did I mention she was always on me about my skin and my weight, too? Which I admit that I had a real battle with my skin for a while. The weight though ... I was skinny -- some would say slender with an athletic build. Had a boyfriend who was always on me about eating and my weight ... he didn't stay my boyfriend for long. When I married, I was a slender 115 pounds ... which is skinny for someone 5'6".
Fast forward to today. After visiting with my mother, going over her schedule for the week, reminding her that I would be by Tuesday to get her grocery list -- she is somewhat housebound and shopping for her is confusing and wearing in many ways -- checked her mailbox, got her trash together ... and as I was gathering everything to leave ... she asks, "Have you lost weight?" My reply, "Yes, Mom, I have lost some weight." And she can't let it go -- even though I have repeatedly asked her to never question me about my weight -- or anyone else's weight, for that matter -- and she asks, "How much?" And as I was going out the door, I said, "I don't weigh myself." Those were my parting words. I left feeling as defeated as I did when I first asked her, "Am I pretty?"
So, to every young girl, every woman -- big, small, tall, short, thin, fluffy, flat-chested, full-chested, old, young ... to my daughters ... YOU ARE PRETTY ... pretty amazing ... pretty smart ... pretty wonderful ... pretty damn important to this planet. AND I LOVE YOU!!!