Have you seen the videotape that a father created of his daughter, showing her growth progress from birth to age twelve in just two minutes and forty-five seconds?

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We process a helluva lot of information about ourselves and our small world over the course of twelve years. And all while we combat pimples, sticky-uppy hair, buck teeth, body hair, fashion trends, out-of-proportion bodies and adults and peers who tell us these are the best years of our lives. Remember the neighbor, Mrs. Bennett?

It's incredible, though, to glimpse some of the physical changes within two minutes and forty-five seconds time!

Please allow an additional two minutes and forty-five seconds to perform the following.

Take a deep, cleansing breath. Place your right hand on your left shoulder and then place your left hand on your right shoulder. Now squeeze. Say thank you.

Read the following and then give yourself another hug!

Looks, by Julie Cadwallader-Staub

Perhaps everyone else has forgotten it,
but in the days when my mother
poured her midsection into a girdle;
when she gathered her nylons into flimsy donuts
before unrolling them, up one leg and then the other;
in the days when we, her daughters,
fastened bulky sanitary napkins
to sanitary napkin belts,
there was Dippity Do.

My mother dabbed the greenish blue gel from the jar,
reached up and slid a section of hair through her fingers,
then wound the hair around a bristly curler,
securing it against her scalp
with a plastic curler pin.

Now, my daughters trap and pull their naturally wavy hair
through the jaws of a straightener
so that their hair might be "as straight as a pin"
which is exactly the way
my mother used to describe her own hair
and, with an sense of tragedy, mine as well.

I don't know who decides whether curly or straight
is the right look for hair
and I can't say that I care,
but what matters to me still

is the way the light changed in my mother's eyes
as her gaze shifted
from her own reflection in the mirror
down to mine;
the way her exasperation eased
with the hair, the Dippity Do, the curlers;
the way the wrinkles over her cheekbones deepened,
and a smile emerged
as if we were co-conspirators,
co-creators, in some grand drama

as I handed her another curler,
another pin.

Reprinted with permission of the author

Don't forget: ((((((((((((HUG))))))))))))  : ) Margaret