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For my April A to Z Challenge, I am blogging about how storytellers, writers, parents, teachers (in other words, just about anyone) can reimagine beauty to be more inclusive. That way, people with varying body types, racial backgrounds, and ages, disabilities, illnesses, etc. (in other words, just about anyone) can feel and be recognized by the world as the beauties they truly are.
Reimagining Beauty – E is for Eyes
In a school storytelling performance last winter, I noticed one student in the crowd. His big, round eyes radiated so much joy, it was very beautiful to behold. I sought his eyes out at every turn. When the show was over, he stood up along with the other kids in his class. That was when I noticed something else about him. He was significantly smaller than his classmates, his face was uniquely shaped and his skin was dappled. But that wasn’t the reason he stood out. It was the dazzling beauty of his eyes.
It is a natural human tendency to look at eyes. They are a crucial part of human communication. Eye contact creates intimacy and connection. Eyes are doorways to the inner recesses where the human soul resides.
Facial structure, hair, skin, body, all of that aside, anyone can look into the eyes of another and see great beauty. The warm depth of brown eyes, the shimmering blue clarity of blue eyes, the gem-like luster of green eyes – as physical objects, eyes are lovely to behold.
When we describe the beauty of others, why not focus on the eyes? (pun intended). There are many beautiful things to say about them! Eyes twinkle, eyes dance, eyes sparkle, eyes penetrate, eyes are steady, eyes engage, eyes connect, eyes laugh, eyes communicate. They can light up, cast down, glow, and love.
But there is much more to the eyes than their beauty as physical objects. Eyes tell stories. They can glisten, big with wonder, or they can be glazed and misty with memory. Eyes can show fear and love, compassion and happiness and the rich palette of human emotion. They twinkle with recognition. They speak truth.
Beauty shines out of people through their eyes.
There are many stories, existing ones and ones yet to be told, with beautiful characters. Because eyes are a connection to the person inside the body, the doorway to who they really are, they are like a key to a treasure box. Anyone can hold the key to the treasure box, and best of all, anyone can be the treasure.
How do you describe the beautiful eyes that you have seen or imagined?
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