I recall the first time I heard Cheyenne exclaim loudly, “OH MY GAWD!! THAT LADY’S BUTT IS HUGE!” It was a few weeks ago in the car as we were driving down 13th Avenue. I was appropriately horrified. The only response I could come up with was, “WHAT??!!!”
Yeah, so you know that is never a good response as it only begs for the original comment to be repeated. Fortunately, upon repeat Cheyenne offered that the woman she was talking about was on the large semi-truck trailer parked in front of the furniture store near 17th Street. The woman is lying on her side with her back facing the street advertising a good night sleep and consequently, a mattress manufacturer. The thing is, the angle of the photo was such that the woman’s posterior looks dramatically bigger than the rest of her…her butt really does look huge relative to the rest of her.
Now every time we pass that darn trailer by the furniture store Cheyenne comments on it. I notice it as well every time I pass it now. What is interesting though, is despite seeing it many times before Cheyenne said anything I never concluded that the lady in the photo’s butt was a disproportionate size. Which makes me wonder if my own proportions cause me to overlook others who have bootie to spare.
Let’s face it – I may be little, but I have some serious backing. There is no missing my behind when you pass by me…but I have seen it for so many years that I have grow used to it. So yes, I am fairly sure that I never noticed the woman’s butt to be huge prior to Cheyenne’s comment because girls with good-sized fannies look normal to me.
My blog yesterday was about accepting oneself and recognizing that beauty lies in being authentic. I am happy with the fanny I have and my apparent oblivion about the size of others’ fannies. I do find it fascinating though that what is normalized in me I see as normalized in others – that makes sense in a world of self-acceptance. What we accept in ourselves we should be able to accept in others. Perhaps that is the ultimate gift of self-acceptance - we stop feeling a need to judge others.
Interesting…I think I shall have to ponder that further; but, in the meantime I will concede that gal’s butt in the mattress ad is big. For heaven’s sake, it is blown up on a semi-truck trailer - of course it’s big. Ah, but allow me to remind you – size is relative. If I was in that ad we might just need a bigger trailer. Beauty is about being authentic folks…and being authentic is abou ;-)
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