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This Scale Is My Good Buddy

Sunday, April 06, 2014

It is actually one of my oldest acquaintances!

It came into my house in 1970, early in my first pregnancy. I bought it at K-Mart for $6.99.

It went up with me till the baby was born in August, then along with me, went back down.

It went up when I was divorced, and back down for my next wedding. Up during my second pregnancy, then down again. Up when I was widowed, and back down for another wedding. Up again when I was widowed again, and back down as I learned to live on my own. It went up when I retired and slumped into old age. It has carried me back down, as I made the effort to return to fitness.

During these 44 years, it lived with me in 8 different houses, and stood in the corner of my bathroom patiently waiting for my weekly visit. It's rubber feet have completely worn away. Spots of rust and bleach splashes have scarred its face.

How could I ever toss out this old friend?

It has always been there for me, if I needed to lose a few pounds or if I wanted reassurance that I was still beautiful.

I often read blogs by people who buy a new scale and set a new fitness goal. Then they voice frustration when the scale registers a .2 loss or .4 gain.

My old scale and I have no patience with such nit-picking measurements. If I weigh less than last week, this scale will show me. If I weigh more than last month, or last year, it's plainly shown on the dial. We continue to go along together, two battle-scarred old companions.

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    Beautiful story.
    1282 days ago
  • BOPPY_
    Girl, you CAN write! Thanks, again!

    1428 days ago
    1447 days ago
    LOVED this blog, and yes, your scale is an old and beautiful friend. "Scars" don't matter. Loved your story - sounds a lot like mine. Hope this day finds you well, Friend.
    1458 days ago
    This is such a super blog!

    I say that when something works well, no matter it's age, don't replace it. We live in such a "must have the latest gadget" society, it is refreshing to know that you have held on to your emoticon that has such a story to tell. And emoticon for sharing that story so beautifully.

    God bless!

    1463 days ago
    As others have said, very touching and sweet. I bought a new scale last year and I wondered about myself when I refused to throw away the old scale. I had acquired it from my beloved late parents and I just couldn't make myself toss it in the trash. I kept thinking of how they stood on it day in and day out. So here it sits in a corner of my computer room, rarely stepped on but fondly looked upon. Reading your blog makes me so glad I kept it.
    1470 days ago
    Beautiful blog.
    1478 days ago
    OMG! *LOL* That looks just like the scales I grew up with~ only in an avocado green from the '60s. *LOL* Thanks for sharing~ old friends are the best. emoticon BB~ emoticon
    1478 days ago
    I love my scale even when it tells me I've been naughty.

    Per doctors orders, I weigh every day. I use a bio-impedance scale that gives body fat percentage as well as weight. I love, love, LOVE IT!
    1478 days ago
  • KAREN608
    Really a neat ongoing story about you and your scale. I think I'd print it out, fold it up and tape under the scale, so that some day, when you graduate from this life, someone sees that, reads the story and rethinks throwing that old scale away!
    1478 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797
    1478 days ago
    I have a scale that looks a lot like that!! I have a new one that is digital and measures the tenth pounds...but I still have old trusty and it's been there with the honest truth for many, many years! I've always thought of it as my version of Snow White's mirror only I ask it..."Whose the fattest one of all?" and in all these years it's never lied to me!
    1478 days ago
  • DEE1221
    emoticon My scale is the only one that I share my most secrets of secrets with!
    1478 days ago
  • SIOL55
    Good for you for finding a loyal friend that doesn't talk back!
    1478 days ago
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