Bridgette White is a loving mom and blogger, but she recently found a secret photo taken of her on the beach without her permission. Worried and shocked, she was even more confused when she found out her own kids took it. She tells the truth of what happened below. She writes:
“Flipping through the pictures on my phone, I see a photo of me.
My first reaction is shock. Who took this hideous picture of me?
Self-loathing and disgust swell up and threaten to bring me to tears.
Just as I am about to hit delete, my boy walks in the room.
‘Do you know anything about this picture?’ I ask him.
I turn the screen so he can see it. He smiles huge.
‘I took that of you in Tahoe,’ he says. ‘You looked so beautiful laying there. I couldn’t help it mom.’
‘You need to ask me before using my phone to take pictures,’ I say.
‘I know,’ he says. ‘But mom, seriously, look how pretty you look?’
I look at the picture again and try to see what he sees.
My daughter walks over and takes a look.
‘That could be a postcard mom,’ she says smiling. ‘You’re so beautiful. I love it.’
I take a deep breath.
This is exactly what I needed.
My default mode is to see and focus on the flaws and imperfections. I’m starting to see a bit more.
I still see my dimply, fat thighs.
I also see a mom collapsed on the shore that just explored the lake for hours with her children.
I still see chubby arms.
I also see the arms of a mom that just helped her kids across the rocks and hot sand so their feet wouldn’t hurt.
I still see a fat woman wearing a black dress bathing suit to try to hide her weight issue.
I also see an adventurous mom that loves her children something fierce.
Like many women, I have struggled with my weight most of my life. It’s not something that will ever go away for me. I don’t have a naturally slim body. Never have.
Right now I’m the heaviest I’ve been in 10 years. Yet…
I have not let my weight stop me this time. I am wearing tank tops, sundresses and bathing suits in public. I’m running around playing with my kids this summer and I sometimes even feel attractive.
Yes. You heard me.
‘I feel pretty. Oh so pretty. I feel pretty, and witty and bright.’
Well…not exactly. But something like that.
Is it because I’m getting older? Is it that I have more to worry about than just how I look? Or maybe it’s because my kids look at me with such adoring eyes.
Really, it doesn’t matter.
I don’t hate my body anymore.
That’s huge for me to admit and hard to even wrap my mind around.
I’m not giving up on exercising and getting healthy. Those are things I will continue to strive for because I want to be around awhile.
Right now though, I just want to love my body where it is. I want it to be OK to see myself the way my kids do.
Thank you kids.”
Bridgette is really brave to share something that is a hidden fear in a lot of mothers and women – all mothers should feel comfortable in their own body and we hope this is a step towards that. Isn’t it amazing the lessons we can learn from children – sometimes I wonder if its us or the children who learn more! To read more of Bridgette’s inspirational writings, please visit her blog.
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