Deep, Dark Lipstick: A True Story by Janetlee

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janetlee
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   Posted 10/29/2006 12:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a photograph of my mother when she was 16 years old. It was taken in a photo booth and she was more beautiful than most Hollywood screen sirens of the 1940's and 50's. And the only make-up she was wearing was deep, dark red lipstick. As I grew up, I always wanted to look like my mom. And when I was 12, I was given my first tube of lipstick. It was a frosty, almost white shade, but it was lipstick! By the time I was 13, it was my turn to wear the deep, dark red lipstick! Mom helped me fix my hair and I borrowed some of her deep, dark red lipstick. I could not believe that the person looking back at me in the mirror was, well, ME! As the school bus pulled up out front of our house, I felt like a queen going before her court. I held my head up for probably the first time in my life. Everyone would be amazed at this vision of loveliness with her deep, dark red lipstick. As I stepped aboard the bus and made my way to my seat, I heard it...the snickering and giggling. There was some rude, cruel remarks, all about my beautiful, deep, dark red lipstick. As I sat there in my seat, I stared stoically out the window, huddling against it, as my teeth scraped the lipstick off of my mouth. With each stroke of my teeth, I felt a stab go into my heart and I cried silently inside. The bus drove up into the schoolyard and I quickly got up and hurried off. I walked with my head down. The queen was dead. She died when she took off her deep, dark red lipstick.
janet
Yesterday's dead
Tomorrow's unknown
Today is here
And soon will be gone.
Use it wisely
Before it's too late
Remember to love
And forget to hate.
janet


jordaNZone
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   Posted 10/29/2006 12:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Tis a sad story janetlee..
the upside to this story is that you have real talent for writing short stories...you should be publishing!

Maree

janetlee
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   Posted 10/29/2006 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Maree. I appreciate that!
janet
Yesterday's dead
Tomorrow's unknown
Today is here
And soon will be gone.
Use it wisely
Before it's too late
Remember to love
And forget to hate.
janet


MsKittie
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   Posted 10/29/2006 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Janet

Oh hun your story tuched my heart. Made me want to run out and buy you some lipstick. I'm sure your a very beautiful woman without it. That was a special time you and your mom shared so keep the happy memories and try to block they crulty of the children on the bus.


(((HUGS)))
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janetlee
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   Posted 10/29/2006 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Kittie,
Thank you! I DO wear deep, dark red lipstick. However, I realize that I am not "in style" when I do so, but I don't care. I love it! If you look at the women in the movies from the 40's and 50's, they seemed much more glamorous and beautiful than ones from latter times. At least, they do to me. Vivian Leigh, Marilyn Monroe, Linda Darnell, Maureen O'Hara, etc., were gorgeous and they all wore MY lipstick! Their hairstyles were lovely too! By the time the 60's came in, the glamour look was disappearing. It's never came back 100%. The 80's were pretty good compared to most decades since. I wish you could see the photo of my mom. She was most truly beautiful. She had an hourglass figure too! A 23 inch waist! Wow!!! 37-23-38. When I got my first disability check (which was the back-pay they owed), one of the first things I did was take that photo and have it restored and enlarged. It hangs on my wall and is my most beloved possession.
janet
Yesterday's dead
Tomorrow's unknown
Today is here
And soon will be gone.
Use it wisely
Before it's too late
Remember to love
And forget to hate.
janet


graceannrose
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   Posted 10/29/2006 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Janet,

You express yourself beautifully!

I agree with Maree, you could easily work on it and create a short story out of it!

Perhaps this is not the end; we all tell ourselves stories of our lives. It seems as though the queen is dead, but maybe that's just an illusion.

Maybe she is very much alive and waiting to rise like a phoenix from the flames in an even more lovely version of herself.

(((hugs)))

graceann

Patty B.
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   Posted 10/29/2006 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
That's a very sad story that you have gotten across quite beautifully.

It reminded me of the same sort of thing that happened to me except it was a hair do my Mom did for me.
Kids can be so cruel.
I hope you wear that deep, dark lipstick now tho. It is a wonderful legacy given to you from your mom, a legacy I hope that can be stronger than the cruelty of children.
Patty B.

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/29/2006 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Sweetie
so sad for you and that story really touched my heart
You are so sweet my friend and I am glad you know you are our beautiful one
Love ya
Lyn
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seechell
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   Posted 10/29/2006 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Be yourself Janet! You do what makes you feel good and beautiful. No one can dictate what's beautiful or stylish to you. We all have or own personality and I think that the clothes and make-up one wears shows it off! You go girl!

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hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 10/29/2006 11:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi JanetLee,
At first you remembered the pain of the bus ride but then your latter post shows a fiery spirit and I don't give a darn what other people think. You have it within you to rally up that fiesty spirit. Never, never, never let someone else break it.
Oh, and, have you heard of the book "Why I wore lipstick to my masectomy." It is very inspiring.
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janetlee
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   Posted 10/30/2006 12:16 AM (GMT -7)   
hopefulmigrainer said...
Hi JanetLee,
At first you remembered the pain of the bus ride but then your latter post shows a fiery spirit and I don't give a darn what other people think. You have it within you to rally up that fiesty spirit. Never, never, never let someone else break it.
Oh, and, have you heard of the book "Why I wore lipstick to my masectomy." It is very inspiring.

Hi, Hope!
Yes. I saw the movie advertised, but I'm more of a murder mystery gal myself! tongue But I see where you're coming from. We all have to have something inside of us that says "I'll do what I need to do, so butt out of my life if you won't support me!" Yep. I DO wear my dark shades of lipsticks! scool If folks don't like it, they can look the other way! BUT when I was a kid, it devastated me...
Thanks for your sweet words!
janet
 
Yesterday's dead
Tomorrow's unknown
Today is here
And soon will be gone.
Use it wisely
Before it's too late
Remember to love
And forget to hate.
janet


janetlee
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   Posted 10/30/2006 12:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Patty B. said...
That's a very sad story that you have gotten across quite beautifully.

It reminded me of the same sort of thing that happened to me except it was a hair do my Mom did for me.
Kids can be so cruel.
I hope you wear that deep, dark lipstick now tho. It is a wonderful legacy given to you from your mom, a legacy I hope that can be stronger than the cruelty of children.

Patty, It's funny that you mentioned a "hairdo"! At the time I wore my red lipstick, my hair was terribly out-of-fashion too! I didn't like my hair, but was stuck with it. It wasn't my mom's fault though! What happened was that like most girls in the 70's, I wanted my bangs to be "feathered". So mom took to the hairstylist, Obie. The problem was that Obie was in her 60's and every style she did looked the same...I had very long hair, past my waist. I showed her a picture of how I wanted my hair done. Now me and mom, we were ignorant of how hair was "feathered". Obie put me in the chair and cut my hair from the area behind my ears forward. Then she PERMED the front of my hair!!!!!!!!!! She styled and hairsprayed the front. I left the shop with an old lady perm in the front and ling straight hair in the back...it was awful!!!! I was the target of jokes about my hair. One girl called me "Mary Hartman! Mary Hartman!" after a TV show. I was very self-conscious about my hairdo. I was too attached to my long hair to have the back cut off though and it took a few years for the front to catch up to the back again! So the day I got on the bus with the lipstick on, my hair was old-fashioned too! But you know, I have to say that I did look good with red lipstick anyhow! :-)
Sometimes I wonder how I made it thru school at all. I'm gonna post a thread about that specifically.
hugs!
janet
janet
Yesterday's dead
Tomorrow's unknown
Today is here
And soon will be gone.
Use it wisely
Before it's too late
Remember to love
And forget to hate.
janet


janetlee
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Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 1986
   Posted 10/30/2006 12:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Enigma, Graceann, Lyn, and Chell,
I love you sweet guys! Thanks!
janet
Yesterday's dead
Tomorrow's unknown
Today is here
And soon will be gone.
Use it wisely
Before it's too late
Remember to love
And forget to hate.
janet


stronglady4me
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   Posted 10/30/2006 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
First of all, good for you for being true to yourself and walking your own road. SURPRISE! Deep red lipstick is back in style! Your stylin and your doing it your own way! Very Cool.
Stronglady4me
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