I pulled up to the old diner and went in. It felt as though I had been taken back in time, about forty years. My friend Penny was meeting me for a quick dinner at Gus’s before we went to watch my friend Sheri’s debut at a community theatre.
Penny and I hadn’t seen each other in about eight years. She came into the restaurant with a huge smile and a big hug.
We slid into the brown vinyl booth and started chatting immediately. Penny is about five years older than me. The last time I saw her, her hair was blonde. She now has a crown of beautiful white hair.
As we chatted and caught up, I remembered back to the days when we both were camping at a Christian campground in the summer, with all our children in tow. Penny and I both had five kids, and they were close in age. She homeschooled her children, and so did I.
During those summers, our kids swam in the lake, played baseball, had campfires, and basked in the gorgeous sunshine on the beach. Many days I walked up to Penny’s camper trailer and had coffee with her. She usually had a pot of hot coffee ready and time for a chat.
We had lots in common.
We would chat about our kids, marriage, and life. Penny had a sweet and gentle way about her that I always admired. To me, she was one of the most beautiful women I knew.
But what I remember most about Penny, was her gentle spirit. She is an encourager and offers words of praise to those she loves!
I commented on her lovely white hair, and we laughed about getting older. But Penny hasn’t lost her beauty, it is still as bright as ever! She speaks highly of her husband, loves her children immensely, and is a fantastic daughter and friend.
Another friend of mine, Sue, sent me this poem and said I might like it for my blog.
I loved this poem!
When I read it, I thought of the beautiful women in my life: my girlfriends, my three daughters, my mother, sisters, mother-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandmother, aunt, and cousins.
I don’t value any one of them for their outward appearance. I appreciate these ladies for their loving hearts, kindness, generosity, sweet words, the love they give me, and moments we shared together.
I want to dedicate this poem to each one of you: my lovely women friends, family, and role-models. I hope it causes you to remember that your outward loveliness will increase if you cherish this Beauty advice:
A poem was written by Sam Levenson to his granddaughter. Sam has passed away since he wrote these timeless words.
Time Tested Beauty Tips
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.
-Written by: Sam Levinson