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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Scrubbed


Recently I was talking with my husband about a woman we know. I said I thought she was too tan....she is obsessed with sunning herself and her skin looks like leather. My husband said, "That's not her only problem." And I said "What do you mean?" He said she was too skinny, too made up, and too tan.

I was sort of shocked. I thought her figure looked great--she works out all the time. She does wear a lot of make-up. And has "procedures" done on her face. She is clearly concerned about her appearance. But to me, she always looks put together.

Unlike me. Ever since I had my heart attack, I am obsessed with the INSIDE of my body, not the outside. I don't wear make-up. I don't wear fancy clothes....just work-out clothes and sneakers all day long. My nails are short and utilitarian. My hair is wild or clipped up in a bun.

When I told my husband I thought this woman looked good, he disagreed. "She looks like a stick...too skinny. And too much make-up. You look much better."

"Me?" I croaked. I couldn't believe it. "Are you crazy?" 

"I like your look. You look.....scrubbed."

"Scrubbed?" I asked. What the hell is he talking about?

He answered, "I like that you don't wear make-up and all that stuff. You look scrubbed."

I realized he meant "freshly scrubbed"....since my face is make-up free. You can see every wrinkle and freckle.

God bless that man! The woman who wears a size 2, has perfectly manicured nails, and a face lift can't compete with "scrubbed."

Good thing I married that guy.

Scrubbed and proud of it!
Penny

24 comments:

Anny Cook said...

Personally, I believe most men prefer the "scrubbed" look. Every man I know hates the make-up, both the way it looks and the way it feels. They want something touchable. Men are tactile critters. Think about it. What do they want to do? Touch, touch, touch. They admire boobies, butts and curves...

margot said...

A scrub is a guy* who thinks he's fly, also known as a buster. --TLC

*or girl, I guess

I don't think it was a compliment, Neen!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Yay! Don't you love when you realize your married to the right guy? Great story. Thanks for sharing.

Penelope said...

Good point, Anny. Hair that has too much hair-spray isn't touchable. Might look perfect, but it's no good if you can't run your fingers through it. :^)

Penelope said...

Actually, Maggie....it was a compliment. He told me he loves the way I look. Some dudes like the "natural" look, evidently.

Penelope said...

Hi Juju! Yep! I sure did! BTW, I just had a beer this week called Good Juju--and I totally thought of you! It has ginger in the beer....it's great!

Hope all is well with you and the babe!

Julia Barrett said...

That's right. Au naturale! I much prefer your fresh, pretty look. Your hubby is a dear!

Darlene Marshall said...

I'd say he's a keeper. Good for you, and good for him too for recognizing true beauty.

Steph from fangswandsandfairydust.com said...

Sounds like you chose well. I think it's not important what you look like as long as you're both happy with it.

Most women, like me, who are obsessed (when in public) about our looks, are never happy or comfortable. My husband likes whatever I look like if I am reasonably happy with it. Fortunately when he takes his glasses off he can't see all the sagging stuff.

In my experience men like a woman who is happy and confident and who calls bullsh&t on them when necessary.

Tasha B. said...

So sweet. :)

Susan said...

My husband is the same way, and I think he'd also use the term scrubbed. LOL.

He HATES it when I wear make-up, so I just don't bother anymore.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Scrubbed!! that's too funny! Love it. My hubby is the same way. I had to wear makeup when I was in a wedding a few years ago. When he saw me, he said "ergh. Makeup." He didn't like it at all!

Lindsay said...

Yup you have a good one! When I met my husband I was considered the ugly duckling next to my sister. I loved it when they finally met and he told me how 'fake' she looked. I think that's when we fell in love! hehehe!

margot said...

haha, I know it was a compliment, i was just kiddin' ya. You and C. are both Vermonters at heart, with your fleece pullovers and clogs/flipflops, etc. "Athletic casual," let's call it. Although I love the term "scrubbed" as a "look". I can picture the cover of Vogue this Sept: NEW FALL LOOK! "Scrubbed." "How to apply tons of makeup to look like this New England woman who wears no makeup." Also: "Products to make it look like you have no product in your hair!"

Amber Skyze said...

My husband is the same way Penny. He sees the beauty from the natural look.

You have a keeper.

Penelope said...

Julia....my hubby is a dear!

Penelope said...

Thanks, Darlene. I think a lot more men appreciate the "natural" look than the overly made-up look.

Penelope said...

Good point, Steph.

Penelope said...

Tasha.....Sweet and he doesn't even know it. Hee hee!

Penelope said...

Susan.....good hubby! And it saves you money on make-up products. ;^)

Penelope said...

HMCW.....That can be a shocker if you've never worn make-up before. I always think it's funny how the heroines in the romance novels get a make-over, and the heroes are blown away by their "natural beauty"....heeee!

Penelope said...

Lindsay! That is hilarious. I just saw a pic of one of the US gymnasts without all the make-up on, and she looked adorable. I wish they wouldn't wear so much....they look really odd to me. Fake. Fake's not good.

Your hubby sounds great!

Penelope said...

Margot---exactly. That "natural" look is extremely high maintenance. Roll out of bed.... ready!

Penelope said...

Amber...it's good to have a hubby who likes the natural look. I was just talking with Julia about Andi McDowell, who I really like. She has a fresh-faced beauty about her, not overly done. She's one of my fav celebrities.