Wednesday, August 8, 2012

"Beautiful Freckles"

Wrinkles should merely indicate
where smiles have been.

~Mark Twain

     It  happened one year at the zoo. My daughter and I stood beside a grandmother and a little girl whose face was sprinkled with bright red freckles. The children were waiting in line to get their cheeks painted by a local artist, who was decorating them with tiger paws.
    "You have so many freckles, there's no place to paint," a boy in line cried. Embarrassed, the little girl beside me dropped her head.
     Her grandmother knelt down next to her. "I love your freckles," she said.
    "Not me," the girl replied.
    "Well, when I was a little girl I always wanted freckles," she said, tracing her finger across the child's cheek. "Freckles are beautiful."
     The little girl looked up. "Really?"
    "Of course," said the grandmother." Why just name me one thing that's prettier than freckles."
     The little girl peered into the olde woman's smiling face.  "Wrinkles," she answered softly.
     That moment has whispered something to me ever since.  If I look at others with the eyes of love, I will not see blemishes.  Only Beauty.


8 August, 2012 


  1. Good morning, Alicia! Once again you've put a smile on my 'freckled' face with your post :-) (wrinkles now accompany the freckles) I could have easily been that little girl...or the grandmother. Thanks for sharing your writing!!

    ~Beannaichte' ~ Jan

  2. 8 August, 2012
    Good morning, Jan.
    You've made my point; freckles and wrinkles are beautiful!
    Mile Buiochas, mo Chara.

  3. I was like that wee one, many years ago. And wouldn't you know 'twas my Grandmother who taught me to appreciate my freckles. Thank you for bringing back sweet memories! Like Jan, my freckles are wrinkled now and I'm still handsome!

  4. 9 August, 2012
    Hello Jim.
    I appreciate your willingness to share, regarding your personal experience with "freckles." I enjoyed reading your words.
    Thank you, for your visit, and I hope you will pop in, again.

    You can find Jim on Twitter. He authors a very interesting blog, as well. I hope you will visit him. He does not disappoint.
    Mile Buiochas!