Anyway, I was thrilled to introduce Kevin to her. She cooed at him for a moment, and then she patted my belly and asked me when the next one was due.
We're not expecting another baby.
Yet, anyway. We do want more kids, but I'm not pregnant. I simply have left-over-baby-belly.
I wasn't offended, but she was really embarrassed when I told her that. She then made the comment, "You were such a skinny child." She's right. When I was eleven, I was a skinny child.
However, my mom often tell the story that when I was in High School, she came downstairs to wake me up, grabbed my wrist, and to her surprise, found that she couldn't close her hand around it. It wasn't that I had become obese, my bones had just thickened. I became very dense. I'm not talking about being stupid, I mean literally. I have very dense bones. I weigh a whole lot more than I look like I weigh. When I played soccer in High School, I was called The Bull. When I charged, people usually decided to get out of my way. Tank is a very appropriate last name for me. If they didn't get out of the way, usually they ended up getting hurt because once I got my momentum going, I had a really hard time stopping.
My favorite soccer story involved one time when I was on defense. I had the ball, and two girls were running straight toward me. I pulled my foot back and kicked the ball away just as they hit me. I stumbled a bit, but both of them fell backward and down from the impact. One had a bloody nose, and the other was in pain. I was left standing over the two felled girls. Sometimes it's awesome to have a little more weight on your side.
The perception of the world today is that everyone should be skinny. Girls are supposed to be the equal of men, but look like Barbie. How does that work? How can someone work at the same speed and ability of a man and have no body fat or muscle?
I'm really strong. Less so since I had a baby because I had to recover from a C-section, but I still can outwork a lot of guys. The other day when we were moving, I was carrying my 20 lb baby plus boxes up and down stairs for several hours. My brother-in-law, Havelock Tank, got tired before I did.
I am a woman, and I'm proud to be one. I'm a strong woman. I'm 5'7" and I weigh almost 200 lbs. My husband is stronger than me. He can pick me up. I find this very attractive. My husband and are are partners in our marriage. We have different roles, but we work together to make our home work. He provides for the family and I nurture our child, keep our home from falling apart, and look forward eagerly to my husband's homecoming. I enjoy my life.
I"m not Barbie, and that's more than okay. I like being me. I like being strong. I need to lose a little weight, but I still feel good about the way I look. And that's the most important thing.