Friday, July 17, 2009

Traditionally Built Women

I just finished reading Tea Time for the Traditonally Built,by Alexander McCall Smith -- the latest in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. I loved it!

These books aren't page turners, instead they are slow, mellow reads full of warm and truthful observations about human nature. The plot is simple, leaving plenty of time to focus on the cast of characters. Mma Ramotswe is my idol. She's a traditionally built woman who is comfortable in her own skin.

At one point in the book Mma Makutsi, an assistant detective in the agency, left a note for her employer in which she signed her name followed by three initials having to do with her secretarial degree. It made Mma Ramotswe wonder what initials she'd put behind her name. She settled on TBW as being the most likely. It stands for Traditionally Built Woman.

Maybe I'll start writing my name with TBW after it. I am what I am, afterall. Maybe it will help me embrace the reality of myself, instead of constantly being dissatisfied.

It's worth a try.


Christie Hansen, TBW


Suko said...

As soon as I saw the title of your post, I had to stop by. Your post made me laugh, Christie.

I, too, enjoyed this book, and am glad that there will be more books in this series.

Allie's Antics said...

I don't think you give yourself enough credit! I was driving the other day and saw you walking with Amanda and thought what a great lookin' lady you are! You should sign your name GLL, for sure.

Science Teacher Mommy said...

We are reading the first of these in October for my book group. I'm looking forward to it.

Plantboy saw a picture of Marilyn Monroe the other day and said, "You know, she wasn't exactly a little gal . . . she just looks normal."

At least he didn't say, "she just looks fat."

Flashlight Girl said...

Thanks for making me smile. :) From one TBW to another.

Kimberly Bluestocking said...

Marilyn Monroe wore a size 10. :)

Beauty has little to do with how you look, and much to do with who you are. You seem like a GLL to me.

holly said...

My sister is always saying that we can make it through anything that we're faced with because we're HPS, hardy pioneer stock. I think that would be a pretty positive thing to add to the end of a signature.

Christie said...

Oh what encouraging comments! Allie, I'm afraid I'd have a hard time referring to myself as a Great Lookin' Lady, but I like Holly's suggestion of HPS -- Hardy Pioneer Stock. I've long considered myself park of that category. Thanks to all of you for a wonderful pick-me-up!