While the day was sort of sad, the silver lining was the fact that I discovered I am honestly back to my old size, finally. After three births which truly were the most miraculous experiences of my whole life, I have to be honest and admit that they did also leave me feeling a little scarred in the body-image department. Before I had children my motto was always: if you got it, then [tastefully] flaunt it. It’s taken me a while to feel confident again, but my bikini-wearing days are nowhere near over as far as I’m concerned.
So I found one that I felt very comfortable wearing after conducting my own tests in the dressing room which included bending over and running in place in front of the mirror; (God, I hope there were no secret cameras in there). It had white polka dots, like that old song except it was not yellow, and I wore it for the first time when I got home, leaving the tags on, just in case. My husband was the only adult nearby to ask for advice and so I came outside while he was firing up the barbeque to ask how I looked.
“Beautiful,” he said, immediately discrediting himself as a fashion critic by extending a blood-red dripping piece of marinated cow muscle in my direction and adding,
“Hey, Baby, look at this steak. Isn’t it the most beautiful piece of meat you ever saw?”
Although I knew I might as well have asked Fred Flintstone for fashion advice, I decided to not seek a second opinion because I adored my cute new bikini and I was really quite certain that it looked good. I decided to trust my own judgment and “Fred’s” for that matter. After all, he obviously loves me … and steak, but that’s alright. Whether you’re a guy or a gal, I think it is important to feel good about your appearance, not to a vain extent, but just to be healthy emotionally.
That she wore for the first time today.” – Brian Hyland