Only in the Movies


On what planet does this happen?

Beautiful young woman walking in the rain…contemplating life with or without the man she is madly in love with.  The raindrops are sharp and icy cold.  The wind is swirling – with no hood for protection, her face and hair are getting a beating.

She makes up her mind.  He’s the one.  She rushes to his apartment, into his arms, and she looks…well, she looks like she just stepped out of “hair and make-up.”

Beautiful, wet (perfect!) curls frame her rosy cheeks.  Thick mascara has stayed on her eyelashes. Eyeliner still makes her eyes “pop.” Her lips are glossy and tinted. Stunning.


In my world…
When I come out of the rain, I look like a drowned rat.  My hair is so flat against my head you’d think I was bald.  There’s no color in my cheeks – I’m a very unattractive shade of ashen. My lips are blue.  It’s usually cold in the rain, you know.  The mascara has found its way down my cheeks…so much for paying extra for waterproof.

And rushing into the house? I’d probably fall on my butt.  Shoes get a little slippery after walking through water puddles, right?

Only in the movies.

My point? 
I’m still wondering about that.

I’m surprised that a scene that took maybe two minutes to watch has gotten a little rise out of me.  I think it’s because I’m tired of seeing actors portray the “not real” and try and pass it as “real.”

It becomes too easy to buy into the false advertising.  Ridiculous expectations.  And too much money spent trying to find the right products that keep us looking just like the “not real” in the movies.

So here’s the deal…
I will never, ever look like someone who just stepped out of hair and make-up when I’ve walked in the rain.

But I will look like someone who appreciates my short, limp hair – it’s easy to dry.  I probably wasn’t wearing make-up in the rain, so my face will feel fresh.  And I will be excited about sloshing into my home…where there’s love, dry clothes, and warm socks.

I’m reminded of the greeting card that says, “Some people walk in the rain.  Others just get wet.”

Let’s enjoy each day just as we are…without “hair and make-up.”
Let’s walk in the rain.

(Can I hear an Amen?!)

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.  Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”  (I Peter 3:4)

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