Today I was visiting with a friend about a book that she is reading. She was sharing with me a story from the book that I thought was profound, and I asked her if she minded if I shared it here today.
The story goes as follows. The author of this book and her husband went to their local hardware store frequently, and behind the counter was a sales clerk. This sales clerk was obese, had straggly hair, homely clothes and was what she called Hillybilly Ugly...which is way worse then ugly. Anyway, although this lady was incredibly ugly all the men in the store would storm the front desk,visit and laugh with her like bees to honey all day long. In fact, on many occasions when they would need to ask her a question, she and her husband would have to wade through the clamor of men and their laughter to ask this salesclerk.
One day on their way out of the store she asked her husband about why all of these men were so engaged with this salesclerk when she was so Hillybilly Ugly. His response was, "Who are you talking about? That sweet little clerk?" Shockingly, she thought there is nothing little about her, and although she always had a smile and laughter, she was very ugly. It seemed to go against all that she believed about men and their vain eyes.
The next time they saw this salesclerk was in the grocery store. She was with her misbehaved daughter who was grabbing a handful of candy, and this same salesclerk was angry and snarling at her daughter. She was no longer smiling or laughing. The husband of the author said, "Who is that lady? She looks familiar." His wife responded confusingly, "That is the salesclerk from the hardware store." The husband looked stunned and disappointed and couldn't believe that she could have been the same lady. Even though her hair was worn in the same way, and same clothes, her husband didn't recognize her. She was so welcoming and appealing to the men in the hardware store that she could have half a dozen of those men desiring to marry her. Her best asset was her warm welcoming smile, engaging laugh, attentive eyes, and today she had forgot to put this on.
I was amazed at this true story. How much impact this small and obviously important attribute is. That a warm smile and silly giggle can blind the fleshly eye, yet be very appealing to the heart. I thought about the impact that this has had on my relationship with Dennis. That even when times are tough, if I have a big smile or a sly giggle, his eyes light up as if I am the most beautiful girl on the planet. I must say, after hearing this story, it motivates me to welcome Dennis with a huge smile and warm laughter when he walks in the door today, and every day. I never want him to think I am Hillybilly Ugly....lol.
Friday, February 17, 2006
Posted by Trina at 12:26 PM