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“Mama, You’re so Pretty” (Anonymous)

This morning.

(Wake up, 5:18, ohgodwhymyalarmisn’tforhalfanhourpleaseletmesleepjustalittle)

Making breakfast, packing lunch, getting dressed, brewing coffee, queen of multitasking. Tick tock routine next step now what.

In the kitchen, slicing cucumbers and washing grapes, eggs scrambling on the stove, cooking in my slacks and bra because today’s shirt is still hanging in the laundry room, when my son says

My son

He says “Mama, you’re so pretty.” And he strokes his tiny hands across my hanging belly, battle scars bared, and he leans in and kisses it, rests his cheek on the bulge above my belly button, and whispers,
“I was a baby in there.”

My son is 4 years old, and he doesn’t know that I’m not pretty. And he doesn’t know that nobody wants to touch stretched out wrinkled up sagging old skin. He doesn’t know that his mama isn’t beautiful, or strong, or brave or smart or perfect.

Maybe he has a lot to teach me.

in No Photos (Story Only), Positive Body Image/Words of Enouragement, Submissions
6 comments… add one
  • Anonymous Thursday, September 3, 2015, 1:26 am

    This brought tears to my eyes! Absolutely beautiful..

  • badger Thursday, September 3, 2015, 7:53 am

    That is so, so lovely. xx

  • Shannon Thursday, September 3, 2015, 6:03 pm

    I love kids, and I bet your son was right :)

  • a_blessed_dad@yahoo.com Thursday, September 3, 2015, 6:29 pm

    “not pretty” and “nobody wants to touch…” Please be careful not to assume too much. As a husband and dad, I’m in heaven when my wife is affectionate with me. Her body has changed with multiple pregnancies. To me it simply means her career as a bikini model is over in the same way my career as a professional athlete are over (we were never either of those to begin with, anyway). Bodies change and nobody stays 16. Beauty is made of much more than just your stomach. Sounds like your son is a sweetheart, by the way :-)

  • shakti` Thursday, September 3, 2015, 7:35 pm

    somewhere along the way we are told lies…he still knows the truth:)

  • Chrissy Monday, October 19, 2015, 3:28 pm

    Children only know what they are taught. If we all taught our children what real beauty is and that natural isn’t repulsive then we would have a lot more husbands(and mamas) already in the know about what to expect with childbirth and aging. I think you’re on the right track with him. He is going to make some lady very happy when he expresses the beauty he finds in her vessle of life!

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