(two posts in one day, holy smokes)
This is a post inspired by something that happens almost every week at work. I’ll walk into the other marketing office, wearing a skirt, and one of the girls will gasp in mock horror about the oh-so-whiteness of my legs, so pale they match my ever-present cardigan. From their admonitions that I should tan, they move on to my cardigan, my hair, my shoes, my barely-there makeup. There’s no meanness, barely even rudeness, but my work friends all think the way I portray myself isn’t up to their standards. Not that I look bad, just that I’m wrong. Since they’ve all got the same version of what you should look like: tan, dyed hair, makeup, I look incorrect. (they once re-did my makeup for me. Bill said it made me look like I was going to prom. I thought it made me look like a hooker) Today, it happened again. And I laughed it off, because what else can you do when four people suddenly turn on your appearance, and ran to Twitter to ask Bill to comfort me.
to denwego, from EmilyManck: They’re making fun of my pale legs at work : ( You love my pale legs, right?
to Emily Manck, from denwego: I do indeed love your pale legs. DON’T LISTEN TO THOSE GUIDO-LOVERS – DO NOT TAN! I love you! 🙂
And then I felt all better. Because Bill does love me, just the way I am. And I love me the way I am too. So, in that vein, here is a short photo essay of the things that I do not do.
I do not tan. At all. Not on purpose, not on accident. Nothing.
I do not dye my hair. Never have, never will. (Sorry, Bill’s dreams of me being a red-head)
I do not wear a lot of makeup.
I do not “do” my hair.
I do not wear trendy clothing, nor do I feel bad about wearing my cardigan ; )
(don’t worry Ms. Mercy, I don’t usually wear suspenders. Not kidding about the cardigans though)
Just as clarification, I don’t have a problem with people who do any of the things that I do not do, but they shouldn’t have a problem with me either. I’m good with who I am. My parents are. My (real, non-work) friends are. My Bill is. And that’s more than a lot of people can say. Yay doofy, pale, dorky me! : )