Saturday, May 13, 2006
Heather's Perfect Self
Heather is 7 and she’s perfect. Her tummy still rounds out into a beautiful ball, rising in a smooth curve above the top of her jeans. My tummy, on the other hand, hangs rather alarmingly over the top of my jeans. Would that I could sport a big, round tummy as charmingly as she does.
Last weekend we spent a morning on the sand while her brothers surfed Sao Pedro. I drank coffee with Carey in the cafe, enjoying the view of our kids as they enjoyed a Saturday morning session. Heather chased the waves up and down the beach with Christian.
Later on, as I made tea in the kitchen at home, Heather was still running around in her swimsuit. Pulling it up so that most of her squidgy cheeks hung out below, she asked,
“Why do some girls wear their suits like this?”
“I don’t know,” I sort of sighed, “it doesn’t look very comfortable does it?”
“It’s like they’re walking around saying, ‘Look at MY butt! Look at MY butt! It’s SO great!”
I turned toward the stove to hide my laugh.
“THAT,” I thought, “is EXACTLY what they are saying!”
Several years ago, when Heather was about three, she was running around the house with not much on. I directed her father’s attention toward the dimply little bum.
“Proof positive,” I said. “That is the female body in pristine form and there is cellulite on those cheeks. The female bottom is SUPPOSED to have cellulite!” I exclaimed.
I’m not sure he was entirely convinced….but I was.
I can’t claim to be the proud occupant of a pristine body, but I wear my dimples with pride.
Thanks, Heather :-)