AGEING: Those people you criticise for their looks and physique may be the most beautiful of people on the inside.
AGEING: Those people you criticise for their looks and physique may be the most beautiful of people on the inside. Ingram Publishing

Hoping you will hold your own as you age

IN RESPONSE to the letter (QT 11/07), it appears a widely travelled person (even travelled to Cuba, I recall) has returned to Ipswich appalled at the obesity and dress sense of the local people of this great city.

Yes, I must be among them with a BMI of 37 and, yes, I prefer comfortable clothes at 67 years of age and for a few decades before this as well.

However, it makes me think of my mother who was born in 1909 in Yeppoon and whose name was Ethel Martha Dollar (nee Vaughan).

She had to wait until she was 17 years old to go teaching because at 15 her grazier father refused to sign the appropriate forms.

She taught lower primary all around the state and in those early times in one teacher schools.

She regularly quoted a poem, namely:

Beauty is only skin deep,

Ugliness is to the bone,

And when beauty fades away,

Old Ma Dollar will hold her own.

To the writer of that letter, I sincerely hope that as you age you also will hold your own.

Those people you criticise for their looks and physique may be the most beautiful of people on the inside. Everyone is a unique creation of God, himself.

GLENDA CARROLL

Bundamba