The other day I stopped in Dollar General to pick up some snacks for my Mom who’s in the hospital. The cashier wasn’t at the register and there was three of us in line. I told the lady in the front to squeeze the squeaky toy and the cashier would come running. She squeezed the toy, and just as I’d predicted, the cashier came running up hollering “Sorry about y’all’s wait!”, to which the lady in front of me replied, “Honey, I’m old. I’m used to waiting.” The cashier apologized again, and I replied, “Girl, I thought you were talking about our WEIGHT! I thought you were telling us we needed to lose weight! Geez, I didn’t realize there was a weight requirement at Dollar General!” The poor lady was so embarrassed she didn’t know what do do! The lady she was checking out was a good sized woman, if you know what I mean, and I wasn’t completely sure, but I don’t think she was too appreciative of my comments.
The poor cashier started going on and on about how she’d never do that, and how she used to be really fat. I busted a gut, and so did the lady in front of me. At this point I was sure of it! The lady at the front of the line was clearly none too amused by my antics. I assured them that I was joking, and that clearly they should lighten up! Actually, I just thought the last part, although maybe I should’ve said it! I did realize something though, after watching people’s reaction to a weight comment. People put weigh, I mean way too much emphasis on appearance! Myself included. I decided right then and there,that I’d just not worry about that kind of stuff anymore! From here on out, I would just embrace getting older, and focus my attention on things that really mattered! Thank you Dollar General cashier, and stuffy old lady for helping me see the light!
Y’all, I have to say, there’s something very freeing, yet sickening to the point of throwing up in your mouth a little, about realizing you’re getting older, that things are going to change, and that there’s not much you can do. Oh sure, there’s diet, exercising, makeup tricks, wrinkle creams, and plastic surgery, but those things cost time and money! I say it’s a heck of a lot easier to just sit back, relax, and watch others struggle! The way I see it, no matter how good a person may look…they’re STILL going to die! So I now chose to die while enjoying myself! And don’t y’all start in about how we’re supposed to take care of ourselves! I’m not talking about being unhealthy! I’m just saying that one’s healthy weight is between them and THE Maker! It’s not the government’s place to say who’s fat. It’s not society or Hollywood’s place to dictate how skinny a person should be. That is personal! And they can shove that BMI chart where the sun don’t shine! That’s the biggest bunch of crap I’ve ever seen.lt ranks right up there with global warming/climate change if you ask me.
Ok. I hope y’all have a great day and that the weight of the world is not on your shoulders (or your hips)! Enjoy the life God has given you! Be happy you’re growing older and that you’re not dead! I bet if we worried more about others we’d have way less time to worry about our looks!
And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!” Nehemiah 8:10