“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.”
Today, as I was standing at the counter of CityMac, our local Mac Apple Store, a young girl standing next to me tapped me and said: “You're pretty.” Needless to say it made my day – big time. Her mother added “You know that's a real compliment coming from a teenager.”
The teenager wisely responded: “If you think something nice, why not say it.” Something I practice as well. I recall twenty years ago while living in Santa Barbara, there was an old Greek woman who swam at the same pool I did. I considered her to be exceptionally beautiful. One day I saw her in town and told her: “You're an incredibly beautiful woman.” Her immediate response: “Don't be foolish; I'm an old woman.” Today, at 70, I understand what she was feeling.
As old women today, many of us wear our years extremely well. In my opinion, there are many more beautiful old women than there are old men. Perhaps it is because as women our appearance is one thing that has been historically valued about us and thus we have taken better care of ourselves.
Receiving this compliment from a young teenage girl has rekindled my hope for the young generation of girls coming up. If one teenage girl can recognize an old woman's beauty; perhaps one day all older women's beauty will be recognized and acknowledged within our culture.
We shook hands and I thanked her. Another little angel who has touched my life...
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