Sanna's Bag

“I never seem to have what I need when I need it. I’m going to make a belt-bag that’s bigger on the inside than on the outside, and just carry everything with me.”

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Just got this in my "in" box

Recently, in large city, a poster featuring a young, thin and tanned woman appeared in the window of a gym. It said:


A middle aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym.

To Whom It May Concern:

Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans). They have an active sex life, they get pregnant and have adorable baby whales. They have a wonderful time with dolphins stuffing themselves with shrimp. They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Barren Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia . Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs. They are incredible creatures and virtually have no predators other than humans. They are loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in the world.

Mermaids don't exist. If they did exist, they would be lining up outside the offices of Argentinean psychoanalysts due to identity crisis. Fish or human? They don't have a sex life because they kill men who get close to them not to mention how could they have sex? Therefore they don't have kids either. Not to mention who wants to get close to a girl who smells like a fish store?

The choice is perfectly clear to me; I want to be a whale.

P.S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver and a coffee with my friends. With time we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room it distributes out to the rest of our bodies. So we aren't heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy. Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think,Good gosh, look how smart I am......


  • At 6:29 AM , Blogger KnitTech said...


  • At 8:39 AM , Blogger Tiggywinkle Knits said...

    And just who would this "middle aged woman" be perchance? I think I know! ;)

    BTW, I once (many moons ago) dated a man who said women were like expensive cars; some were built for speed and some were built for comfort. I like to think I'm a Rolls Royce!

  • At 11:38 AM , Blogger The Fibers of Life said...

    This seems to be a common thread in several of the blogs I follow. Hmmm, I'm with you, I'll be a whale over a mermaid anytime. I am getting smarter all the time. :-)

  • At 1:40 PM , Blogger Julie said...

    You go, girl.

    Back when I weighed about 125 pounds, I would look at photos of cover models and feel fat. That was when I knew body image in this culture was totally screwed and I should get to work ignoring it. So far, so good. I AM A WHALE, BABY!

  • At 3:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I LOVE it!

  • At 3:56 PM , Blogger Rose Lefebvre said...

    YES!!!! I think WHALES could mean

    So my fat is smart cells! BRAVO!!!!

  • At 5:22 PM , Blogger Heide said...

    Hear hear! I am almost 42. I have three children. I would look ridiculous prancing around in a 22 year old body, nor would it be representative of all that I've worked for thus far in my life.

  • At 6:15 AM , Blogger Alwen said...

    I so wish I could leave a whale song sound effect.

    I've always wondered about mermaids. They look like mammals on the top but fish on the bottom. So do they reproduce like fish?

  • At 6:19 AM , Blogger Donna Lee said...

    Whales of the world Unite! We'd have a very interesting party.

  • At 8:18 AM , Blogger Willow said...

    Middle aged bodies have experience! Experience- I has it!

  • At 4:25 PM , Blogger Lyssa Kaehler said...

    I want to be a sea otter!

  • At 7:26 PM , Blogger Amy Lane said...

    Lucky me! I think I'm a whale;-)


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