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Audrey Hepburn Vs. Roseann Barr

Friday, April 17, 2009

When I was a kid, I remember watching musicals with my mother. One of my favorites was My Fair Lady. I wanted to be just like Audrey Hepburn. Tall, thin, graceful. beautiful. To this day, one of my very favorite "outfits" is the white mermaid type dress she wears during the Race sequence. It was the hight of grace and beauty to me. Did I mention that the women in my family tend to be much larger - more like Roseann Barr. We love our food and it shows. Not to mention being endowed like Mae West. I could not understand for the longest time how I was never going to be thin and willowy like Audrey Hepburn. Even at my thinnest - I looked much more like Mae West than Audrey Hepburn.

I came to see that Mae West was not a bad deal, spunky, funnny, audacious, sexy. Not the thin, graceful, imp that Audrey Hepburn was but still not a bad deal.

Then I let myself slip into the Roseann Barr mode - big and fat. Not what I want to be in any way, shape, or form.

Today - I am working towards moving towards a different Rosie ---- Rosie the Rivitor from the WWII era. She was strong. She was beautiful. She was an everywoman. Living on a farm I tell my kids about being farmer-girl strong. We move bales of hay, buckets of food, pails of water without much thought. I laugh to myself when I pick up the buckets of food from the cafeteria at work (I rececyle their food scraps to my pigs) and watch one of the cafeteria gals (who is much skinnier) struggle with a single bucket while I grab two or more at a time and have no problem.

I still think Audrey Hepburn was gorgeous. I still would love to look like Mae West again. I am happy at moving towards being Rosie the Rivitor - farmgirl strong and healthy.
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    I would rather be Rosie the Rivitor than Audrey Hepburn anyday. Rosie got stuff done and she was tough and fought for herself. She's an independent spirit. I tend to look more like Rosanne Barr too. Slowly slimming down though.
    3299 days ago
    and you can do it :) you go girl.
    3350 days ago
    Great analogy. You go girl, strong is beautiful and healthy too!

    3350 days ago
  • 154BYAUG
    I love this blog! Farm girl strong is a good thing to be... being healthy is the key.
    I'm like you...never gonna be that willowy Hepburn. But we can be the best our genetics will allow. And some of Roseann Barr's HUMOR is a good thing ...
    She laughed at herself & that's healthy too!

    Thanks for sharing...
    3350 days ago
    I can totally relate! Thanks.
    3350 days ago
    Excellent blog! I love this! Very true words! Keep moving forward! Smiles and hugs!
    3350 days ago
  • BUSYMOM206
    Well said! emoticon
    3350 days ago
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