Monday, October 3, 2011

Beholden to my Body


I stand in awe of my body.
Henry David Thoreau

American women seem programmed to dislike their bodies.  If we are unhappy with our bodies, we will buy products that will make them less repulsive right?  If we were not too old, too young, too round, too flat, too curly, too straight, too light, too dark, too voluminous or not voluminous enough, would we be willing to fork over money?

Despite its flaws, I am grateful for my body.   There are a lot of amazing things it can do.

Here are just a few of the feats my body can accomplish:

Walk
Run
Climb stairs (both up and down…have you ever watched a toddler master this skill?  It’s tricky. And I can do it!)
Sing
Eat (with utensils even!)
Breathe
Heal
Sleep
Type
See (Distinguish color/depth/distance)
Hear (tell the difference between how many million sounds?)
Solve math problems
Read
Remember
Kneel
Laugh
Stretch
Skip
Jump rope (I used to be able to…I haven’t tried in awhile)
Ride a bicycle
Twirl
Crack an egg open without getting any shell in the bowl
Dance (not well)
Play the piano
Knead bread
Lift
Carry 4 gallons of milk at once
Kick
Pull weeds
Wink
Water flowers
Move furniture
Fold laundry
Drive
Dribble a ball
Swing a bat/swing a racquet (with or without desired contact with ball)
Change diapers
Rock babies
Buckle a seat belt
Tie my shoes
Roll dice
Hold Uno cards
Shuffle cards
Wash dishes
Set the table
Decorate a Christmas tree
Form a snowball
Build a snowman
Peel carrots and potatoes
Slice fruit
Kiss
Hug
Load the dishwasher
Apply band-aids
Get slivers out
Braid
Paint fingernails and toenails
Brush hair
Rake leaves
Carve pumpkins
Write (both print AND cursive!)
Give birth (three times)

Incredible!

4 comments:

Marianne said...

My body cannot carry four gallons of milk at one time. Talk about an Egbert load!

Megan said...

and I cannot crack an egg without getting shell in the bowl! I can carry 4 cases of soda though!

Michele said...

so glad to have found you through Nester's 31 Days. Looking forward to your posts - thank you for talking about a difficult yet common subject.

xoxo michele

Kiahna Williams said...

Found you from blog hopping! I love this entry, it made me really think about the simple things I can do with my body.

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