I am told that Michelangelo’s David is the definitive standard for a good-looking man, but I don’t know that that isn’t because he isn’t wearing any clothes.
I’ve always known there was a big difference between “good-looking” and “looking good”. We all try to look good, even if we aren’t good-looking.
Now it is very unlikely that a 238-year-old gal is going to be “good looking.”
Good looking is that indefinable thing that is known, understood and accepted by the majority of those who have the pleasure of seeing the person, or at least a picture of the person. Hollywood has a lot to say about what is good-looking.
Looking good can refer to the way you wear your clothes, or even the kind of clothes you wear. When your mother took you to buy clothes and she decided what you would wear rather than letting you have what you wanted, she tried to sway you by saying, “My, but aren’t you looking good.”
I didn’t hear those two words much when I was younger. About the only time I heard those two words together was when I would accidentally hear the old Hank William song,
Hey good lookin’, what ya got cookin’?
How’s about cooking somethin’ up with me?
I don’t ever remember anyone saying to me, “Hey, Good looking” or anything like it. If anyone did say it, I hope it was a beautiful woman of about my own age.
There is some thing definitely nice about someone, anyone, even a blind person telling you you are good-looking. In the case of the blind person, after they’ve run their hands over your face and spoken those words you just don’t feel right about biting the hand that felt you.
Now when someone says, “You are looking good,” it always sounds like they are surprised that I am still around. And when they say, “My, you’re looking so good,” it is complete shock. What the hell did they expect me to look like, 2 week old road kill?
Now I don’t want anyone to try to make me feel good by saying to me, “Hey, good-looking.” I will know they are lying. I don’t think anyone over the age of 60, myself included, can be good looking. A person may be beautiful in the eye of the beholder because of who they are or what they have done, but they aren’t “good Looking.” Let’s just hope that we all keep looking surprisingly good year after year.
On this 4th of July we may not think the 238-year-old girl is particularly good-looking. Depending on you political persuasion you may be able to point out all kinds of warts, and wrinkles, scars and blemishes, but for all of that, she still looks very good.
Have a happy, safe, and grateful 4th of July weekend.
Murder Sets Sail is published by 2nd Wind Publishers.
Paul’s book The Telephone Killer published by 2nd Wind Publishing is now available on Amazon and from the publisher. Kindle and Nook versions just $4.99.
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Another new novel of mine, Murder Sets Sail, will be coming soon from Second Wind Publishing. This novel is not a mystery. You know from the beginning who the murderers are and who they intend to murder. Adventure aboard a sailboat from Honolulu to Hong Kong.
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