lips smeared of chartreuse-
a rose be-speckled with dew
wondrin’ youth leaves me
Now that I am staying home for good, I am wondering what to do with my make-up, shoes and clothes I bought during office days? Can I still wear them at home? Can I still look my best even if all I have to do is wash the clothes, wash the dishes, and scrub my CR’s filthy floor?
Gee, done that before. When my two kids are still little froggies I used to wear dusters, sometimes loose flowery trousers matched with big t-shirt with lettering VOTE DUTERTE for PRESIDENT! I love to wear ‘em back then because they are so comfortable. I don’t have to powder my face, comb my hair and change underwear, too. After all, I am only in the house the whole day.
It’s just me, a dedicated mother whose housekeeping and the children becomes my utmost priority.
I can’t imagine how old I looked back then. I just knew my own father told me I am already 60 years old not even realizing he’s only 50 years old. Grrrr!
It was only when I started working that I began to look… uhm… human, at least.
So well, yeah! I suggest we do. Here’s what I decided to do daily:
- Start my day with a warm or cold bath as I normally do before I go in the office. I cleanse myself under the shower so I’ll feel fresh all day long. That is if I am not dancing Zumba. Usually, I will take a bath few minutes after dancing.
- I put on make-up. A natural make-up and lipstick matched with a perfectly drawn eyebrow with which my son would always comment, “Mom, you look angry.”
- I wear clothes that made me feel feminine but not daring. I stay away from dusters, t-shirt and shorts nowadays. Gone are the days that I wear those!
- Lastly, I gathered my hair into pony tail or have it tied as a bun. I really look like “Doña” ha-ha! Ala-Jodie Sta. Maria in Sana Dalawa ang Puso.
Considering I will just sit down to crumpled the dirty clothes with this richy-rich attire huh?!
But why all these efforts? Well, here are the reasons:
- It can lift up your spirit. Let’s face it, sometimes the dress we wear, its color and how we look overall has an effect on how we feel. Wearing duster, pyjamas and lousy clothes can make us feel all the more depress and that is not good to start the day. The same is true with undone face and tangled hair.
- Your look will make you move with finesse even if you will only scrub the floor. You will be conscious to work paying attention not to wet or ruin your dress. Holy molly! Now, you’ll learn to give-up the boring comfortability without beauty huh?
- You’ll feel respectable in your attire which shows you love yourself. Others around you will feel the same towards you, too like my younger son who keeps on asking, “Mom, where are you going?” I said, “Just here, son.” He would grimace his handsome face and once again ask, “Why are you wearing like that?” Hmmm, just okay if not for his look that shows he has seen someone not so common like the Goblin. Fiddlestick!
- You can wear all your clothes. Your best clothes will not only be meant for occasions that you never want to attend to anyway. At least, it is never a problem now that you are having a thousand dresses you don’t use, right? Wear them all out. come on!
- You can show your children how it is to take care of yourself and your personality. Gee weez, hope my slovenly eldest son will learn from me especially if he likes to wear the same second hand underwear I bought millennial’s ago. I remember throwing those ripped undies several times but whenever I wash the clothes, they appear again like they are reincarnating from the garbage can.
- Finally, your husband will surely feel happy for you and will be encouraged to work to provide for you. You know men are! They don’t want to see their wives like a frumpy old hag! So if you want to be treated like a queen in the house, be like a queen!
“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.” – Song of Songs 4:7
“…whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8