Meagan Karstens wrote a touching letter to her body. A reader, in turn, wrote her own:
Dear Body of mine,
Where do I begin? Well let me start by saying just
how proud I am that we have chosen each other. For the past 30 years you not
only have seen me through the toughest times, you have been there with me when
no-one else would appreciate me.
Thank you for the way in which you never judge me and
always allow me to just feel. There are a few things I simply love about you
and feel you absolutely need to know. From the top of my very curly hair to the
bottom of my size 4 feet, you have been there supporting me. Thank you for
allowing me to indulge in all that we have been advised against through out
both of my pregnancies. I am amazed at the flexibility and strength you have in
the toughest of times, in allowing me to give birth naturally both times.
Thank you for my big brown eyes and long lashes
that most women would love to have, i simply adore them. For my small ears who
misses nothing, even that which is not meant for my ears :-)
For my hands that allow me to hold, comfort and uphold
all those around me. For my strong and squared shoulders - for the comfort it
gives to many. For my wonderful and different size breasts (thanks to the
breastfeeding), for without them will my babies not be well fed and my husband
not be well entertained. For giving me back my size 32 after both pregnancies,
I truly am amazed.
For the stretch marks that show the path from which we
have travelled. The proof that we have seen many things and experienced many
many exciting things.
I love that you can stand firm..not only literally but
figuratively as well. For without that strength of these wonderful legs of mine
would I have crumpled under many stresses and situations. Now I stand tall.
Even though I may be no taller than a 13 year old young person.
I especially thank you for not succumbing to certain
trends and always letting it be known that under no circumstances will we
subject ourselves to those fabulous stilleto's and taking care of the most
important part of the body - the feet. The part that carries the rest of me,
the entire being.
So from Me to you - my wonderful, ever changing,
precious body - thank you and much respect, love and honour. Three cheers
to you !!!
Hip Hip Hooray !!
Your ever faithful mind and heart
What about you? What do you love about your body?