Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Big Hips. Big Thanks.

Every Thanksgiving we go around the table and say what we're grateful for, and every year I go with my standby of "friends and family." This answer is entirely true, but in deep thought on my commute I decided I should find a reason to give thanks for the things I typically view as negative, such as my hips. 

Last week I came across a homeless man digging through some dumpsters. My first reaction was to keep walking, but then I remembered I had a Special K bar in my bag. I turned around and asked if he was hungry. He shook his head yes, and I handed him my bar. I don't bring this up for praise. On the contrary I actually felt pretty horrible.

Here was a man, practically starving, and all I had to offer him was a 90-calorie bar. 90 calories! That wasn't enough to last him through the morning, let alone all day. I wish I could have given him something more substantial. 

This encounter made me realize that my constant struggle to keep my weight in check is a problem that some people in this world wished they had. I'm not saying it's bad to be healthy, it's just important to give thanks for our living, breathing, beautiful bodies no matter the size. For those who go hungry on a daily basis my hips are a sign that I am blessed. I think I'll start viewing them that way, too. 

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Happy Thanksgiving 


  1. Thanks sis for this awesome blog. It came at a very good time since obviously, being pregnant you alternate between loving and admiring your newly round body for what it's doing to bring life into the world and freaking out at how much it's changing. I feel that same way you do. Knowing how so many people struggle with infertility, I am so thankful and blessed that Trevor and I were able to make a baby so easily. Thank you for this two-fold reminder of how much I have to be thankful for this year. I love you xoxo

  2. What a great view, Rosie. Thanks for sharing.

    Shelia Burks

  3. Thank you for this post Rosie.xoxo, Mary H

  4. Love this and love you, bish bish bong bong. I love your perspective on things.

  5. Tru dat! Thanks for the reminder as I spent the evening pissing and moaning about "holiday weight".....what the hell is my problem?!