Friday, February 1, 2008

I heart My Legs Day

Kelly over at Ordinary Art offered this challenge yesterday. I accept your challenge...I don't love it, but I accept it and I'm glad that I am!!

This is my thigh. It's only one of them. I didn't take this one on purpose but the more I think about it, the more "poignant" it is. This is my left thigh. There were actually times in my life where I HATED my left thigh more than right. Most times I just could not stand either of my thighs. My left thigh has a scar on it. I had my re constructive surgery on my left leg. My legs were big before the surgery. They were strong before the surgery. The surgery rendered my left leg useless. Then it became useful again.
My legs are strong. My legs pushed me up and down countless basketball courts. My legs walked me home on many days after school or after the bus had dropped me off. My legs supported me in a number of scrums during my limited Rugby games. My legs walked me down the aisle to marry my husband. My legs provided me support as I pushed out my two children. Most importantly my giant quad heavy thighs did these things for me. My quads ached after numerous rowing practices and races. My thighs cried out for relief after 2.5 hours of pushing my son out of my body. My quads begged for a break after walking miles in support of breast cancer survivors and victims and their families and friends.
My legs may be big. They may have cellulite. They may prevent me from buying pants one or two sizes smaller. They may have even temporarily failed me on occasion. But my legs are strong. They are powerful. They are, as my rowing coach used to tell me, my powerhouse. They are so often my source of strength. They are so often my source of support. They keep my going- even though sometimes it's to keep me going to keep them toned! :)

16 comments:

lattemommy said...

Stella! So good to see you posting. Hope you're feeling well. I'm so delighted that so many people are participating in Kelly's challenge. It's been great to read everyone's posts.

BTW, hot legs, baby!

Kimmylyn said...

What a great post!!! Way to go for being so brave and taking the challenge it is awesome to see!! Loved the part of your thighs pushing our life and walking for cures..LOVED it.

amanda said...

I really like this post! Way to go! :)

Kelly said...

Your thigh is strong, just like you. I love how empowering your words were. I hope my daughter grows up to have the strength, and conviction of women just like you. You have all my love and respect on today and every day. Thank you, sista-friend.
Hugs!

Tara R. said...

Woohoo.. Strong women rule! This challenge has been great.

LunaNik said...

You're the best, Stella!!!

I love that you did this challenge!

Did I ever tell you that my daughter's name is Stella????

Stacey said...

I love these stories! I'm happy for you! :-)

Happy Friday! Blog Hoppin'!
"Margarita Mom"

Amy said...

I know that re constructive surgery is not fun, but as an athlete in high school I was a little jealous of my teammate's ACL surgery scar. I knew she got that scar because she was tough, aggressive and good enough to be on the court more minutes than me.

Thank you for celebrating all the strength in your legs and recounting all that ways your legs have given you victory.

Don Mills Diva said...

Way to so Stella! I love my legs too - cellulite and all.

OHmommy said...

Stella... you so brave! Way to go. You are beautiful.

maggie's mind said...

Excellent post, and so true that there is so much strength in our thighs, making them perfect for what we need them to do. Great stuff!

Girl said...

YOOOOU go girl!!!

Awesome post.

secret agent mama said...

Way to go, way to be!!

Kelley said...

That takes guts.

But a mighty fine leg there babe.

I have been flinging bling over my place and threw one your way.

suchsimplepleasures said...

stella was going to be the name of my son...if he was a girl! great post!
thankyou for sharing!

Beautifully Unique said...

Great post, you go girl.

 
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