My daughter is slowly coming to the realization that looks mean something in this world, and that it’s a very big something, and that she wants to be beautiful. I can’t blame her. I think we all want to be beautiful in some way or another, whether it’s in looks or talent or spirituality.
Unfortunately, what modern society defines as “beautiful” and what “beautiful” actually means are two different things. Sometimes it isn’t easy to explain this, especially when the person you’re trying to explain it to is eight years old. But I’m trying and I’ll continue to try.
As far as I can tell, it’s the Navajo who have the best way of determining who is beautiful and who isn’t. Their method is pretty common in that they hold their own annual beauty pageant. But the competitions in that pageant are…well, different.
To hear what brought about all this discussion of beauty in our house (and a little more of the Miss Navajo Nation contest), please follow me over to katdish’s blog. Like me, maybe you’ll see beauty in a different way.
A better way.