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      Not Too Shabby

      Registered: August 2009
      Location: VA
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      As a young woman, my Nanny was considered the prettiest girl in Chesterfield County. She was always beautiful. She was a woman of character ... always honest, always doing the right thing, always glorifying God. She had tons of little sayings, but one of the ones I remember the most is “Pretty Is As Pretty Does”. When I was little, I didn’t have a clue what it meant. As I got a bit older, I’d make comments like “I wish I was pretty” ... or something similar that basically meant the same thing. Her response was always “Pretty Is As Pretty Does”. This did little to comfort me, but I did think about her words. I’m not sure when I finally began to understand the meaning of the phrase, but I finally realized that what she was trying to tell me is that inward beauty is what makes a woman lovely and it is what makes a man handsome. A beautiful outward appearance can be tarnished by an ugly heart. I began to notice that she was right ... but my experience with the meaning was typically that someone that didn’t have a lovely outward appearance would become beautiful to me once I got to know them and their true heart. However, a more recent experience has given me a new perspective. A couple of young ladies that used to be so beautiful to me have displayed qualities that were suprisingly ugly and lacking in character. As I looked through photos of them that have been around for years, I was stunned by what I was seeing. What I had thought was beauty was suddenly plain and ordinary. Nanny’s words came to me as I questioned my own perceptions. “Pretty Is As Pretty Does” ... I finally understood, completely, what she meant.
      She was so wise.
      And the experience has me guarding my heart and my actions more closely ...
      I long to be beautiful like my Nanny.
      Not an outward beauty, but a loveliness that comes from a beautiful heart.
      · Date: Wed June 27, 2012 · Views: 735
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  1. Fri June 29, 2012 2:41am
    1. lil_goldie
      Not Too Shabby

      Registered: July 2011
      Location: Ontario, Canada
      Posts: 235

      Such touching words. You're so lucky to have had a wonderful mentor. I noticed that you said 'she was so wise' Am I right to guess that Nanny is no longer with us?
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