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Keep it Real Wednesday


October 3, 2019

This week’s writings are a throwback from EXACTLY 4 years ago. I thought I would re-share.

My daughter Amanda was visiting a few weeks ago and looked in horror at some of the bras in my drawer, many of which were double digits in age (don’t judge me). She knows how much I hate bra shopping and said she wanted to introduce me to a store where shopping for bras was stress-free and without judgment.

What? On what planet?

So, I begrudgingly went bra shopping with her to a store called Aerie. It was literally a life-changing hour for me. The bras are comfortable and easy to wear, and the dressing rooms were incredible. I knew I had to share this experience with my own mother.

So, last week Rosemary and I set off on a bike ride and I told her I needed to show her something special. We parked the blessing bike outside of Aerie and went inside. The salespeople were excited about helping a 93-year-old find a bra, but I told them we would do that another day. Today was just a field trip to see their dressing room.

When I brought Rosemary into the dressing room and showed her the mirror, her eyes filled with wonder at the post-it notes framing the huge wall mirror.

“What do all these notes say?”, she asked.

I told her the notes were from people who were in this room before her to try on bras. The idea is to support each other as women and to pass on positive and uplifting thoughts.

Here is a sampling of some of the notes:

You are beautiful just the way you are

You are enough

Looking good girl

Be youthful

Yaas Queen

You are gorgeous

It looks good, I promise

Love your stretch marks, I do

You have everything you need

Your body is rockin in that



I bet there were a hundred post-it notes. There were even blank ones and a sharpie on the door so a customer could add to the collection.

The young sales girl watched with her eyes welling with tears as I read these notes to Rosemary and she hung on every word. It was a moment that spanned generations of sisterhood.

Rosemary and I talked on the way home and she cried a little bit. She said this current generation is getting it right.

When she grew up, there was such pressure to look a certain way and it often came at a great price. She shared an experience in her teen years when her mother bought her a bathing suit, but it didn’t have the breast padding because she didn’t think she needed it. Rosemary thought otherwise so she cut up a Kotex pad and stuffed one in either side of her bathing suit. Of course, at the first dip in the water, the pads filled up with water came apart, and she was humiliated. She never went swimming after that –EVER.

I listened to Rosemary and thought about my own generational experiences with body image and societal expectations and I don’t think my generation got it right either.

But…this next generation?

Oh, heck yes! They are getting it right.

Kudos to Aerie with their mission to encourage body positivity for ALL women! Even the models in their advertising and posters are not retouched. If you look closely enough at the pictures, you will recognize yourself as you see a bit of cellulite, stretch marks, dimples, rolls, and skin imperfections.

That’s us – that is who we are. We are all perfectly imperfect.

Big thumbs up from Rosemary!

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