My dear mother sent the following to me in honor of the 97th International Womens Day, which took place in 52 countries last Saturday, March 8:
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.
Remember, If you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!
You may have seen this lovely list before attributed to the magnificent, magnamimous Audrey Hepburn, one of the greatest beauties the world has ever seen for her classy demeanor and commitment to underpriviledged children.
Now, I abhor having to correct my mama (who does resemble Audrey, nu?), but it seems that our favorite fair lady did not pen this wisdom, although she did quote it often. In fact, its true author was a man: Jewish humorist Sam Levenson (the same genius who came up with Insanity is hereditary: You get it from your children.) Even though Ms. Audrey carefully credited Levenson every time she used it, its been erroneously circulated over the interwebs as hers.
Still, its sound advice that all of us women can take to heart. As for Ms. Audrey, she had this to say when asked if she had any beauty secrets: Health, lots of sleep, lots of fresh air and a lot of help from Estee Lauder.
(crossposted at savannah.skirt.com)