Saturday, November 13, 2010

"Beauty Without Expression is Boring" *

Before motherhood, I always thought that there were three simple expressions that could be made by a child. Happy, sad, or sleepy. (Oh naivete!) Amaya goes through three expressions in one minute. I am constantly amazed at how expressive one little face can be. This week, she has learned to master the scowl. Terrifying and endearing at the same time. (Terrifying because a tantrum is apt to follow aforementioned glowering and endearing because who can resist a grumpy old woman expression on such a tiny face?)

I have learned in the past years to keep a stoic expression on my face regardless of whatever circumstances may be going on around me. I have also now learned that just because you attempt to cover up the expression on your face when someone makes you  mad, sad, or even happy, you still have to process your feelings eventually. (Which sometimes can result in a blow-up at an innocent by-stander!) In a world where we are taught as adults to always hide behind a cool demeanor, (DON'T EVER LET THEM SEE YOU SWEAT!), we forget how freeing it is to let every emotion show on our faces. Memo for the week:  EXPRESS YOURSELF.

Love and Light, MARS

*Quote By Ralph Waldo Emerson

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