Sunday, May 22, 2011
Day 58: Greetings from South Dakota!
Yes, I'm writing from South Dakota; Custer, SD, to be exact. Custer is a land where the buffalo still roam, and were the deer and the antelope still play. (I just enjoyed a delicious meal of venison sloppy-joes as proof of such things. Yum!) This is the state where my mom grew up, and where my cousin just graduated from high school. I'm here with my family to celebrate (Congrats Alex!). I've been in Custer since Thursday (Day 55), and tonight I'm at the airport waiting for my flight back to California. It's been an interesting trip, so I wanted to "reflect" on some things before I leave.
If you didn't pick up on this from my "venison sloppy-joes" comment, I'll put it plainly: Custer, SD is very different from Los Angeles, CA. The cost of living is much lower, the air quality is better (it smells like pine trees and you can see the stars at night!), and it snows... in May.
How about mirrors in Custer? Oh, they're still everywhere. In fact, I caught a peek of myself in a bathroom mirror this morning, but I was too groggy for it to really register. I've grown accustomed to having curtains covering all the mirrors at home, so my reflection kind of startled me. Luckily, in addition to being groggy, I was also not wearing my contacts or glasses, so I didn't really see myself, just colors and shapes.
Later on, when I was washing my face, I was very careful to keep my eyes DOWN, so it wouldn't happen again. Just my luck - I could see my reflection in the sink drain-cover! I took a picture of it to share. As you can see, it was fun-house-style warped, and didn't reveal much detail below the neck (or above it, for that matter!). I found myself wondering, why haven't I ever seen myself reflected in my drain-cover at home?? It struck me: this sink has been cleaned recently! Oh well...
Fun memory: My young cousins, Sadie and Julie, were really intrigued by my makeup-without-mirror skills. They actually watched me apply everything, step-by-step, to prove that I could do it. (I did it!) I even gave eyeliner a try, and was promised it looked "normal good". Yippee!
Some closing thoughts: Sadie's 14th birthday is this coming Tuesday, and my family gave her a pretty extensive collection of drugstore makeup (purchased at the local Family Dollar) as a gift. I signed the card and sang the song - I love this little girl/woman! But I feel a little mixed about the subliminal pro-makeup message we'd sent along with the gift. Sadie, if you're reading this (and you should be, since we set you up as an email subscriber!) - please have FUN with your makeup, but know that you're beautiful with out it, okay? I'm twice your age, and still working to believe this, myself... I hope that reading about my experiences will help give you and Julia a head-start at having a healthy body image. Growing up in Custer won't hurt either! :)
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