Tonight I went to my book club discussion at the museum on the book “On Beauty”. I have to say that I do love to discuss a book, especially a good book at these gatherings. Tonight, though, filled me with frustration and left me a little fired up. The book deals with, among other things, the idea of beauty and beauty in its various forms – through paintings, through people, through music, etc. But two things ocurred tonight that just “chapped my hide” as we say in Texas. First, a woman sat down next to me and before the discussion even got started, began to relay to me how she felt she needed to lose weight and how when she looked in the mirror she felt disgusted with herself. This woman was not overweight in the least. And I found myself wondering, why are you telling me this? The second thing that ocurred was that another woman (are you sensing a theme??) stated that one of the main characters was not likeable because she was overweight. What? I am just stunned by the judgments that we place not only on ourselves (Jenna – often we are all our own harshest critic), but the judgments that we place on others based on external appearance. Someone is likeable if they are physically attractive? Ugh. I have no more words for this.
On a brighter note…on to the good stuff. The next book on our reading agenda for the book club is A.S. Byatt’s “Matisse Stories”, which I have already read. Alas, that allows me more time to spend with Elizabeth Peters’ Egyptian mysteries. I also received my supplies (thread, fabric, beads and crystals) for Midi Mystery 2. I am so excited to have these. Especially with Midi 1 off to the framers. This Baroque-themed piece will be lovely. No idea when I will have time to fit it in, but I will make it fit into my schedule somehow! So, here it is in all its loveliness.
I am grateful for the places I see beauty.