Pretty is as pretty does……
Like all little girls I wanted to be pretty. I loved knowing and confirming, at least in my own mind, by looking in my mirror that I was pretty……..
I also learned there was more to being pretty than what I saw in the mirror. My parents and my Dad in particular taught me that there was more to ‘pretty’ than what the mirror told me. This is where being ‘ladylike’ was added to the pretty equation. Being ‘ladylike’ included things like modesty, speaking softly, standing straight and tall, poise and grace. I spent a lot of time walking around with a book perched on the top of my head to learn the poise and grace part. I am a bit of a klutz, can’t chew gum and walk at the same time. Riding a bicycle and learning to walk in high heels were monumental challenges…..
As I grew up, one of my greatest pleasures was seeing approval on Dad’s face when before leaving the house to go somewhere, I always asked him, “Do I pass, Daddy?” Having my parents approval was important to me and affirmed my importance to them. I am very thankful that my parents gave me guidelines and boundaries during childhood and adolescence.
Todays girls and women leave nothing to the imagination. They expose and enhance all their physical assets for the world to see. The message they send lets the boys and men know that pursuit and courtship are unnecessary, which leaves no opportunity to know each other, no chance to become friends, or find mutual interests and goals. It’s just wham, bam, thank ya ma’am. It is no wonder that abortion is rampant, single parent homes are prevalent and marriage is something you can just quit at the first sign of trouble. People no longer understand commitment, fidelity or loyalty in the one on one relationship that is the most important in assuring a strong and powerful society that perpetuates nations.
After being married to my DH for almost 46 years, I can attest to the fact that our relationship now is more fulfilling and exciting than it was at the beginning. Total trust is something that liberates us to enjoy each other in ways that cannot be described to people who think marriage is confining and out of step with the times we live in. There is no better feeling than knowing the person who stands beside you is always on your side and loves you unconditionally.
Every failed society and civilization since the beginning of time got there by moving away from basic morality and the breakdown of strong family units. Today in America children are looked upon as burdens, expendable when inconvenient. Inconvenient because of passion, lust or maybe just recreation and lack of planning. Human life so inconsequential that the possibility of conception isn’t even considered as something important enough to prevent if pregnancy isn’t wanted. The saddest part is that there is more maternal instinct within the animal kingdom to preserve and protect offspring than is being currently exhibited in the human realm. Then within the human realm there is more desire to preserve and protect the animals than their own species. A pitiful commentary on humanity.
The war on women is not being waged by Republicans. It is being waged by an ideology that has permeated society that there should be no consequences for bad, immoral or irresponsible behavior. That ideology is Socialism and all its related ‘isms’. It has led to more mass extermination of whatever slice of humanity is considered undesirable by whatever master or dictator or tyrant is in control. Yet, the process is repeated time and time again and humanity never remembers the lesson…..
This is my rant for the day. All comments and opinions welcome!