Recently I ran into a lovely family I had not seen for several months. I was glad to see them and the parents appeared happy to see me. The small children, understandably, were oblivious to my presence. I commented on how much the children had grown. Smiling warmly the mother pointed to one of her sons and said, “Look at _______ he has really gotten big.”
I concurred by saying, “Yes he has really grown.”
Still smiling and looking intently at me the mom replied, “And you have put on some sizes too.”
Not quite believing I had heard correctly, I stupidly said “Huh!”
Looking directly at me still smiling and nodding her head in the affirmative the mom said, “You have put on some sizes too.”
I was surprised by the comment, but not offended. I didn’t know quite how to respond because I thought I was looking trim and fit. I simply smiled and said, “It was good to see you. Have a nice day.” Later I shared the conversation with my son. We both chuckled. I also shared the conversation with one of my brothers. He and I also had a good laugh.
A few days later as I dressed for work I decided to wear a pair of slacks that I hadn’t worn in about two years. The pants fit smoothly over my thighs but I had difficulty fastening them. Determined to wear the pants, I consigned myself to the fact that when I sat down I would have to unbutton them to keep them from ripping and fasten them when I stood up to keep them from falling down. I left home feeling extremely uncomfortable in the too tight around the waist pants. But, I was happy that my weight had not increased dramatically, just a few inches around the waist.
On the way to work I dropped by the home of a dear friend. I explained my too tight pants situation to her. She laughed and said, “Ms. Hoots you need to buy yourself a pair of pants.” Which I did immediately after leaving her house.
I was pleased as punch to find a pair of designer slacks in my size at a great price. I tried on the pants in the fitting room before paying for them. As I examined the fit in the mirror I concluded they looked perfect on me. I made my purchase and changed into my new smooth fitting, figure flattering and comfortable pants.
However, shortly after walking around in my new pants I began to feel them rise up my legs. Before long I was walking around in high waters, and don’t you know someone actually pointed to my pants and asked,, “Miss Allegra, where is the flood?” We both had a good laugh and I determined to lose weight!
As a result of the “you have gained some sizes” comment and the high water pants wearing experience, I have had two hardy laughs at my own expense. More importantly I am reminded of the Scripture that reads: “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22
Thank you God for the gift of innocent, clean laughter and the ability not to take myself too seriously!