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Taking my clothes off for Cancer for a 2nd time!

Thursday, March 07, 2019

So as a woman in my late 50's with a tummy, stretch marks, breasts that have succumbed to gravity and arms that need to do more push ups...I am doing it again! I'm taking my clothes off to raise money for cancer. Two years ago, not too long after I became ordained to officiate wedding ceremonies, I was cast in a play called "Calendar Girls". It is based on a lovely story of some middle age women in Yorkshire, U.K. creating a calendar to sell, to raise money for a love seat in a hospital chemotherapy waiting room. One of the women's husband passed away and this was in his honor. They found that "calendars that showed some skin" were the most popular. They did this by posing behind "props". One lady was behind a large teapot and teacup, another draped with flowers, another behind pastries, one was seated facing a piano. Last time, the audience were privileged to see my whole backside, I was the pianist! This time, I'm going to find the largest teapot and teacup ever made!

Last night was my first rehearsal and the women were making remarks putting themselves down for the way their bodies looked. They were scared and not happy with how time had treated them. It is hard to love your body, but I have carried children in this body. I have walked about a million miles! I have walked down the aisle with the man I have loved for 20 years. I have held friends and family as they cried or laughed. I'm proud of every scar. I'm also going to be brave enough to show a little skin to raise money for a horrible disease that has affected over 40 of my friends, family and pets!

The last time I did this play, I did officiating for a lovely 20 year old girl eloping on the beach with her childhood crush. I hadn't met her until that day. She apologized for not looking like her photo on her ID. She said she had lost 50 pounds. Her uncle whispered in my ear right before her ceremony with a small gathering of friends and family, "She has stage 4 liver cancer and it is a miracle she had made it to today"... That is the only wedding ceremony that I have performed in over 200 weddings where I forgot to take off my sunglasses. My 15 year old son was with me, we cried for two hours in the car. I swore if she could survive long enough to marry the love of her life, I could drop my robe for two minutes to raise some money to fight cancer!

People, stop hating your body and realize that life is short. Treat your body like a temple, eat healthy, go for a walk, smile, dance, hug, and love everyone you can!

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