Wednesday, September 23, 2009

31 days and counting (but then whose counting?....ME!)

I have neglected to blog lately because I don't really have anything of depth to say....my plate is full and thereful my brain is full of silly things...Ladies, I don't care how simple you attempt to make your daughter's wedding, it ends up being far from simple. Since lately my life is consumed with "fru fru" wedding stuff, I have also feared my blog would appear self centered or vane...So...here goes...I have to share the latest....

Often in my job as a labor & delivery nurse, patients will ask, "Do you have any children yourself", and I would reply with, "Yes, One of each - a daughter ___ years old, and a son ___ years old." Until about 5 years ago, when I would have this conversation with patients, many would gasp and say, "You are kidding! You don't look old enough to have adult children." Whether they meant it or were just attempting to humor me, I really didn' care...I took the compliment and moved on. Over the past few years, I never hear that comment anymore and recently a nurse on another floor invited me to be a member of the red head society (A club for those 50 and older, I'm 46!) It has not bothered me over the past few years. I once was caught up in spending money on clothes, too much time on skin care routines, etc...BUT today I woke up thinking, "My daughter is about to be married and maybe it's time for me to do something about this samsonite luggage under my eyes....So, I jumped in my car quite excited! I called my main squeeze on the way to town and said, "Look honey, I'm headed to the makeup counter..I'm going to tell the makeup artist that I'm 46, I look like I'm 56, but when I leave there I want to look like I'm 36, then I'm going to head over to Target and buy a "spanx" so it will hold all my body parts in and I will have the body of a 26 year old". His reply was, "I like all those measurements". I give up! Just like a man to equate numbers with measurements instead of age. So, on with this mundane story....I arrived at the makeup counter and told "Kim" my dilemma....Kim is a beautiful young blond that has on entirely too much makeup and I'm trying to explain to her how I want to look young but natural all at the same time! She studied my face for a few minutes and came back with foundation with some man's name on the label that was entirely too long....she began to dab foundation on my face....she dabbed, and dabbed, and dabbed some more....she then stated, "you'll love this, it has snake venom in it and diminishes fine lines". I thought, "Yeah, I've been dying to have some snake venom on my face." Then out loud I mumbled to her, "Is it toxic?" "Oh no" she said, "this is the same ingredients in botox!" I didn't bother to tell her that I have no desire for my facial expressions to look posed or stuck on my face....She then applied, cheek color, eye color and lipstick...when I looked in the mirror, I was horrified! I looked like a Raggedy Ann doll minus the wiry red hair! I told her maybe I would just stick with the foundation that I already have but I would take some face powder and lip gloss...I thanked "Kim" as I was checking out at the counter and she looked at me with a smile and said, "My name is Jill". I left there quite disappointed! My mission had failed! As for the spanx, well I didn't get one of those either....I rationalized that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true. I left there with a vivid reminder in my head of the fact that my Savior is concerned with the inside, not with the outside.

8 comments:

Shay said...

There could never be a more beautiful YOU!

Barb said...

Man, can IT almost be here? Trust me when I say, I know exactly what you're going through! Enjoy these last 31 days with your daughter in the midst all the fru fru!
Please believe me when I say...
YOU ARE GORGEOUS SUE! Whether you've got powder, foundation or snake venom on your pretty face, you're lovely to me!

LisaShaw said...

Just came by to say I'm praying for you and your family and the upcoming SPECIAL TIME!!!

Praise the LORD!

Dina said...

Aunt Sue you are beautiful on the outside and on the inside. Don't ever think your not. You should ask Uncle Mike's his opinion of your looks, I bet he will agree with us. (Sorry but the majority rules)

Deb said...

Sue, you are one of the most beautiful women I know, inside and out! Enjoy these last few days with Shanna and we'll go get make overs in November!

LisaShaw said...

Just wanted you to know I received your comment on the blog...praying for you and your family and look forward to hearing all about part 2 of that interview.

Love ya.

Barbara said...

I can not believe YOU are concerned about how you look. Sue, you are beautiful..not just on the outside but radiantly so on the inside. Every wrinkle and gray hair (if you even have any) are a testimony of what God has brought you thru. Don't get caught up in what you "should" do, you look wonderful. Besides if you want a really good skin care system and makeup...call me (I sell Mary Kay) and there is nothing better although there is much more expensive...I can help. But if you do nothing...you are still more beautiful than most. Love ya girl

A Skin Bag for Jesus! said...

I just ran across your blog and can so relate to the miracle we girls hope for in the paint we are offered to buy at makeup counters. As for the spandex, it's promise on its package would be nice too!

I'm 47. Have a twin sister. She's done the botox, had breast implants, and nixs and tucks in too many places to number. She has often tried to get me on her band wagon and do it with her. Here's what I told her, "Sherry, the way I see it, it's like ice-cream on a hot summer day. It doesn't matter how quick you try to lick it, it's coming down! Regardless, you might can hold it off for a minute, but make no mistake, it's stretched to sag, it's old and it's tired... until someone events a iron that can steam it and starch it into its permanent place, guess what, there's no stopping it."

I've decided though, that my skin is beginning to bascially look like it's been unzipped. And if only I could rezip the zipper then all this loose-ness that's bagging could be bound back up again. :)

Okay... just being silly! But wanted to tell you I enjoyed your post!

From a fellow-journer and sister in alabama... May God continue to bless you mightily!