The Saggiest Wins

At the Denver Zoo, I become amazed with the number of animals who give prestige and power to other animals based on how much skin sags on their bodies.  I’m serious.  In a herd, the animal with the saggiest chin (dewlap) has the most power and prestige. 

And another thing:  Animals regularly make themselves look larger in this zoo.  It’s best to be wrinkly, big, and old.  It’s beautiful, powerful, and important. 

The other day, I notice the thin little wrinkles that have formed around my mouth.  I’m noticing all the sagging on my body and how nothing stays in its place.  I notice my own hands as I type–leathery and sketched with crossing patterns in skin that’s getting old.  I notice that it’s harder and harder to have a waist when you age. 

But, oh, where these hands have been!  Oh, the great conversations I’ve had with this very mouth!  Oh, the places this body has taken me!  I want these marks and sags to signify the beauty and prestige that they should. 

I like the zoo.  I like communities where old means beautiful. I want to foster that cultural shift in my own community. 

Journal:  How can I see signs of aging as beauty, power, and importance? 

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  1. As a precocious 3 y/o once told me “You have a crooked face!” and when I answered her, she replied “You have a crooked voice, too.” Her father apologized; I told him she was charming, honest and not at all being mean, simply making a creative observation. I only wear turtleneck sweaters for the cold. I don't cover my surgery scars which, like my aging skin, are a sign of LIFE; without them, I would be dead. Thank you for reminding me that the changes in my body (am trying to run again – sigh) are signs of LIFE lived and LIFE evolving :).

  2. Oh, yes! The surgery scars are a sign of life! I want to hear your whole story, Roberta! I just love all the insight you offer every day. I'm headed over to your blog ASAP!

  3. Love this. And love you!!! And fyi… I'm more wrinkled and saggy than you! 🙂 ~sonya

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