By Steve Goodier
Our society places great emphasis on a
narrow idea of physical beauty.
In an American history discussion
group, the professor was trying to
explain how, throughout history, the
concept of "beauty" changes with
time. "For example," he said, "take
the 1921 Miss America. She stood
five-foot-one inch tall, weighed 108 pounds and sported a 30-inch
bust, a 25-inch waist and 32-inch hips. How do you think she'd do in
today's version of the contest?"
The class fell silent for a moment. Then one student piped up, "Not
"Why is that?" asked the professor.
"For one thing," the student pointed out, "she'd be way too old."
Good point -- she'd be way too old. But beauty is a peculiar thing,
for it means something different to each person. There are many kinds of
beauty, and it isn't always about appearance. Authentic beauty is
something deep within -- the real you. For inside, you are more
beautiful than you may ever know.
An elderly woman noticed that her granddaughter felt embarrassed by
her freckles. "I love your freckles," she said, kneeling beside the
girl and admiring her face.
"Not me," the child replied.
"Well, when I was a little girl I always wanted freckles," the
grandmother said, tracing her finger across the child's cheek.
"Freckles are beautiful."
The girl looked up. "Really?"
"Of course," said her grandmother. "Why just name one thing that's
prettier than freckles."
The little girl peered into the old woman's smiling face. "Wrinkles,"
she answered softly.
She knew about beauty.