The Quest for Beauty [500]

by Mark Davis [*][^][+][@][!]

29 July 2012

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Mr. and Mrs. Cutie were only married for about three months when they found out they were going to have a baby. Little did they know at the time, they were to have twin girls. When these girls were born, the Cuties were ecstatic! They didn't even realize that their babies were not very cute, like most babies are. They thought they were beautiful anyway! They didn't even notice when one of the nurses said, “Those poor parents. Having babies that look like that! I feel so sorry for them.”

The Cute sisters were picked on a lot during the years as they grew up. They were called awful names, very seldom got dates, and were never accepted into any clubs. For all practical purposes, they were outcasts because of their looks. This never stopped them from growing up into normal adults. That is, except for one exception. They never truly felt beautiful and never fully understood what true beauty was.

Years pass and the Cutie sisters are having a conversation about beauty and where to find it...

“You know Sis, there has got to be something beautiful in this world!” exclaims Leeza.

“I'm sure there is, if we just look for it,” Ima replies.

“But, where do we find it?”

“I don't know. I don't even know where to start looking!”

Leeza suggests, “We could walk over to Lee's house and ask him.”

“Great Idea, Sis!”

Leeza and Ima start the long walk toward Lee's house. On the way, their conversation continues...

“Look at that bird, Leeza,” Ima says as she points out a Bluejay in a bush. “That's beautiful. Don't you think?”

“Yea, it probably is but it's not really true beauty. True beauty has got to be so beautiful that it takes your breath away, makes you feel like you are going to melt on the spot, and even makes you feel beautiful as-well.”

“Nothing and no one has ever made me feel beautiful,” Ima says in a depressed tone of voice.

“I'm sorry! I didn't mean to upset you.”

“I know. Let's forget it and try to find something truly beautiful”

“Okay,” Leeza agrees. “We will keep on trying.”

Leeza and Ima spot many beautiful things on their way to Lee's house, but they both agree that none of them are beautiful enough to be “truly beautiful”. They finally arrive at Lee's house to find him outside, taking care of his honeybees....

“That's it, Ima! That's it!” Leeza exclaims with excitement.

“What's it?” Ima inquires.

“True beauty! Don't you get it?”

Ima gets a puzzled look on her face as she replies, “No.”

“We have found true beauty. It has been here all along. We have just never realized it!”

“I still don't get it. Please explain.”

“Don't you remember that saying that we were ought as a kids?”

As the sisters watch Lee care for his bees, they look at each other and recite the saying together, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!”




TitleDate Posted
A Little Confused17 July 2012


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