This may have to become a regular weekly post, because even prior to the official launch I am receiving such amazing feedback and words of wisdom from RLB readers. Today’s food for thought comes from Jill, a historical archivist who just so happens to be the wonderful woman who designed the wedding invitations for me and Handsome.* Jill writes:
“I think I assumed that at 30, I wouldn’t still be figuring this out. And if I ever get to have children, I’d like to be able to inspire them to see their own beauty. So I’m glad that you’re taking this on, Elizabeth – it’s forcing me to think more critically about how much time I’ve spent in negative reinforcement loops and how I could be more mindful about supporting the women around me.”
And on that note, I’d like to share an image of my grandmother Mary Lou. When I was about ten years old, I was extremely self-conscious about my weight. That’s right, when I was TEN. One day she asked me why, and I said, “Well, my thighs touch. That means I’m fat.” My wise, loving, saucy grandmother replied, “Oh no, darling. That just means that when you grow up you will have shapely legs and men will adore them.” Bugger all if the woman wasn’t Spot On with that little insight.
Happy Thursday, readers! This Sunday marks our first feature – my beautiful sisters! Look for that post and more in the coming weeks, including RLB’s very own Men Who Love Real Women, Guest Bloggers, and weekly Shout Outs to Women Keeping it Real.
*(heretofore refers to my husband, unless otherwise noted)