I just looked at myself in the mirror … and I thought “If I was a grandmother how good I would feel to my grandchild”.
My face has some characteristics of my Gran, and now as I head towards 60 my body has acquired some of the same softness in the body… and the eyes.
I recall how it felt to snuggle into her like a pillow … the warmth … the gentle rise and fall of her ample bosom….and the feeling of being absolutely safe and loved.
There was always a soothing smell that lingered here … perhaps from the lavender sachets in her underwear drawer or the Knights Castile soap or the Pan Drop mints she loved so much. You see, now she had dentures and didn’t have to worry about decay!
But she worried about her weight and was so hard on herself.
We all have the ability to give so much love to others … yet forget to give it to ourselves.
For the grandmothers out there who are post menopausal and are looking at the mirror, struggling with your weight, getting frustrated and blaming yourself. Please, please let it all go. Its just a body image. It happens with age!
You are so much more that the bunch of cells, minerals and bags of water you see in front of you, or the judgments and labels in your thinking!
Focus on being healthy and being there for those kids.
Give yourself a break and remember there are some little ones (and not so little ones) who love you just the way you are.
Your body, heart and soul will always be such a precious gift!
p.s. Yes, this message isn’t just for grandmothers 😉