Mary dear how wonderful to see you looking so full of the festive vigours. Do come through. Dorothy Lanesborough, Gussie Twot-Wickham and Javala are all in the lounge. We’re just reviewing the success of our belly dancing show at the Bishop’s Palace.
Ooh how delightful, I must say the Count was very impressed with everything. He has been quite mute with admiration since, keeps asking me to show him some of my moves again.
So you’ve had a quiet Christmas then Mary?
Absolutely! It’s been heaven (enters the drawing room with Agatha) Darlings, how wonderful to see you all looking so vibrant.
Let me ring for Ethel and get us some more tea and some of that delicious mincemeat crumble cake that she’s been making for us.
Mary dear, how lovely to see you! Have you quite recovered from your belly button jewel flying off and hitting the Bishop on the head? I do believe he came over quite peculiar, but was soon brought round by some of Snetter’s special mulled wine.
Oh Dorothy, yes it was a slightly un-nerving but I just didn’t want to upset the routine; particularly after Agatha had stunned so many of the audience with her amazing travelling hip swivels and alarming back bends.
Yes , I noticed the concentration on your face, Agatha. I also noticed that most of the gentlemen were not actually looking at your face, they seemed to find you quite distracting!
Really, at my age. What a load of tosh, Gussie!
But, my dears, it was a truly magnificent evening and I can’t thank you enough. If the figures are to be believed we have raised an astonishing sum for Refuge and we still have some of the auction money to count too.
Fabulous news Gussie. With the added benefit that one found the whole experience of twirling semi naked in public totally liberating. I, for one, feel we should all continue into the new year.
(there are cheers all round, and Ethel brings in more tea and cake.)
You know ladies, I do feel that the most invigorating thing about our belly dancing is the way it has changed my view of our bodies.
How so Agatha dear?
Well, I was reading this month’s Vogue and there is a refreshingly honest article about Ashley Graham who is on the cover.
But, darling what on earth has this Ashley Graham got to do with us and our bodies? She is young and beautiful.
Mary dear, I quite agree but Ashley Graham is a ‘Plus-size model on a mission to reshape fashion’ and wants us all to embrace our shape, whatever it is, and love ourselves. There is a wonderful TEDX talk that covers all aspects of her size and how women are unable to say that they love themselves.
Oh yes, Agatha, I did read about this. She really is quite inspiring and says that she looked up to her Mother who told her that she should love herself from within. Apparently her mother would say ‘If you call yourself fat, you’re going to be fat, if you say you’re stupid, you’re going to be stupid’.
By jove Mary she sounds an entirely inspirational woman and hasn’t fallen into the trap that of trying to perpetuate the media’s idea of the ideal shape which is, quite frankly, unattainable for many without causing damage to body and mind.
Quite dears, and we should not wait until we have reached our grand old ages to finally accept ourselves for who we are. It’s terrible to think that young women and girls today wish they looked like someone else. How many of us have looked back at photographs of ourselves in our teens and twenties and wondered how we ever thought we were unattractive or the wrong shape back then?
Oh yes Agatha, it’s such a waste of youth. And as the wonderful late Carrie Fisher said
“We treat beauty like an accomplishment, and that is insane. Everyone in L.A. says, ‘Oh, you look good,’ and you listen for them to say you’ve lost weight. It’s never ‘How are you?’ or ‘You seem happy!'”
So in her memory, let’s have another slice of cake and keep dancing!