What is beauty?
Magazines, movies, TV will have you believe
It is a mold:
Flawless skin, no blemishes, no pores
Bodies so thin you get hungry on their behalf
Large breasts and pecs, long hair and long necks
They are wrong.
Beauty is falling in love with a newborn
When you thought you weren’t ready, couldn’t handle it
Then holding him for the first and realizing
He is your world now.
No one is ever really ready
But you are strong.
You are determined
You will do what it takes to make it work
And this child is worth every sacrifice…no matter what his father said
Unconditional Love is beauty.
Beauty is finishing your first semester
No social life, no free time, no sleep
All-nighters, crying baby... Crying mommy.
It is hard.
It is hard work. It is pushing hard.
It is being hard of hearing when others say you can’t.
You can. You did.
And again the second semester. And the third.
No blow will stop you, no matter how hard.
Determination is beauty.
Beauty is trusting no one,
Choosing dates based on fahter potential rather than mommy’s wants,
Having little hope left of a bigger family.
So what? That little boy is all the love you'll ever need.
But then a best friend sends a message,
His honest heart on his sleeve,
Confessing long-festering love for you
From half-way around the world.
You... Nervous, shaking, mind-blown…excited?
Then you…confessing the same
Hope… Hope is beauty.
Beauty is a best friend becoming your truest love
It is seeing him come home from deployment safely
Talking about your future together
Planning the move to be together
All the way from TX to MT!
Then the move. The stress. The what ifs…
The huge, loving family
The mountains, the horses, the rodeos
The sunrises, the sunsets. The stars!
AND THE NORTHERN LIGHTS?!
Feeling warm in freezing weather
When your love calls your son, “our kid”
Our son, our pets. Our routine.
Our quirks, our differences. Our first argument…
Our make-up kisses, our late night talks, our inside jokes.
Our life, our love, and our home…
Feeling at home for the first time in years
And somehow knowing this is your forever home…
That is happiness.
And happiness is beauty.