Eyeing myself in the full length mirror I had just put on a wide belt on the outside of my cowl-neck sweater accentuating my very thick waist. I kept twisting and turning looking at myself with despair when my husband walked in.
“Honey, how does this look…honestly?”
He just stood there…like a deer in headlights; he hates it when I ask those kinds of ‘honest’ questions.
Paul stumbled around with his words as he looked--then he walked closer to me and lightly punched the “ripple” in my sweater.
I looked at him as if he had lost his mind. “Paul,” I said, “that is not a ripple in my sweater it’s a roll of fat showing through my sweater.”
Paul looked so horrified that I burst out laughing.
“So…I continued do you like how this style looks? I see this look everywhere I go. What do you think?”
Paul looks at my waist (or lack thereof) and finally says as he takes a step backwards, “well honey, isn’t this look for women who have more of a waist-line?”
Exasperated, I yanked off the wide black belt and flung it on the bed. (Paul ran as I yanked)
“Okay, Lord,” I said out loud to no-one, “aging really stinks.” “I used to have a waist, no double chin, thighs that didn’t rub each other, and my ‘girls’ were perky. I’m getting really tired of looking and feeling yucky about myself. I think from now on Lord, I’m going to accentuate the negative…I want the outside to reflect the joy I feel on the inside.”
I hop off the bed and open my closet. My eyes spied my favorite winter sweater which was a golden yellow cashmere with a V-neck, long sleeves, and the length was long enough to cover my hips. I pulled the sweater off the hanger and started matching up an outfit.
As I put the ensemble together I decided it was the attitude that makes the outfit. So, if I mirror more joy of the Lord in my attitude…then joy is what people would see…not my jiggly, wiggly rolls! My new found attitude adjustment would be if I could no longer be a skinny dipper then I would be a happy chunky dunker.
Yes, chunky will be the new skinny for me! I’ll dress-up my fat and feel ‘fat’ulous. I smiled as I put on my cheery yellow sweater and then stepped into my black pants. Picking up the wide XXL black woven belt, I buckled it around my chunky waist. I then fixed my bra straps to pull-up the girls and harness them in place. I accessorized my double (jiggly) chin with a beautiful onyx necklace with silver trim and then highlighted my laugh lines with dangly silver earrings. I then pranced into the family room where Paul was sitting and I did my newly discovered “chunky swirl” in front of him.
“How do I look now Paul?”
Paul just smiled, “Wow, Sweetheart you look wonderful, is that a different belt?”
“No, just a different attitude,” I replied with a laugh.
Grabbing my purse, I head out the door but not before I glanced one last time at the mirror. In my reflection I thanked God for getting my attitude back in place…life is all about having ‘Joy of the Lord’ in my heart. No matter if you are a skinny dipper or a chunky dunker…IT’S ALL ABOUT THE JOY.
Have a ‘fat’ulous day from a joyful chunky dunker.
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