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Sometimes my interest catches something that isn’t in a book. I thumbed through junk mail before tossing it and a hot-pink-painted, topless female in black short shorts and loooooong black boots caught my eye. Her black hair was teased out in an un-halo that seemed fitting to the overall repulsive vibe.
If only the caption hadn’t quoted her as saying she was “trying to add some beauty to the world,” I’d have chucked her unceremoniously in beside the sweepstakes letter guaranteeing I’d won a million dollars and the latest offer to join AARP.
But they did quote her, and she did say it, and it broke my heart! To think, that the impulse to paint and exhibit her bony body had sprung from the same source as my own desire to dress with dignity, write a poem, or put a few flowers in a vase! I have since tried to wrap my mind around the concept that much of what I experience as jarring to the senses, at best, and as diabolical negation of beauty, at the worst, is born of this as-yet-uncrushed yearning to “add a little beauty”. The fact that it also contributes to the ugliness of the world notwithstanding, this stuff reflects the humanity of those who offer it.
I hope if I see pink-girl on the street, I’ll be able to hug her and say, “Thanks for wanting to add some beauty and sparkle to the world! That’s just what Mother Teresa wanted to do. I love you, and God loves you for that. Keep it up!!”