25th July: FOWC with Fandango — Shallow

Here we go with today’s word choice:

We have shallow waters, where we are most comfortable if unsure and not wishing to get out of our depth. Metaphorically, we dip our toes first to see how things go, gradually wading in at our own pace to an acceptable depth.

Then we come to people who are shallow, those with little depth or consideration, they who are fickle and self-serving.
I saw the film Shallow Hal, a 2001 romcom starring Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The scene that hit home for me was the Children’s ward. Under his hypnotic state, he sees the kids as beautiful, intelligent and whole, and is prepared to help out and involve himself in their treatment and recovery, though to his eye, he can see nothing wrong.
When he goes back no longer under hypnosis, he sees them as they are, broken bones, scarred, burns and cancer victims, and turns away because they are not ‘perfect’.

There is beauty in us all. No-one is perfect. I saw a woman in a wheelchair with no legs, and her hair was magnificent, glossy, full and dark, down beyond her waist. Her smile lit up an entire room. After a few minutes, you didn’t see the chair.

Indeed, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, perhaps just not on the immediate surface.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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2 Responses to 25th July: FOWC with Fandango — Shallow

  1. pgraysurvival says:

    A keeper looks into your eyes and sees your soul.

    It’s been 29 years since I got that first look and it nailed me.
    Me, sat there broken (and broke) but she didn’t look at that but looked within.
    Lucky, lucky me.

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