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Bichonner & wise words concerning beauty by Sam Levenson

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Today's bilingual post was inspired by Douglas's comment in a post called Papillon. Douglas shared the following recipe for beauty, adding it was from " Sam Levenson (although often attributed to Audrey Hepburn because she enjoyed reading it to her children)". Listen to our daughter read these sage words in French....

TODAY'S WORD: bichonner

        : to pamper oneself

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Today, listen to our daughter Jackie read the following lines in French.

CLICK HERE to listen to Jackie read the following lines in French!

Time Tested Beauty Tips by Sam Levenson

(A.K.A. "10 Trucs de Beauté" et "Le Conseil de Audrey Hepburn")

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
Pour avoir des lèvres attirantes, prononcez des paroles de bonté.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
Pour avoir de beaux yeux, regardez ce que les gens ont de beau en eux.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
Pour rester mince, partagez vos repas avec ceux qui ont faim.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
Pour avoir de beaux cheveux, faites qu’un enfant y passe sa main chaque jour.

For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
Pour avoir un beau maintien, marchez en sachant que vous n’êtes jamais seule.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
Vous le faites pour les choses, mais les gens en ont eux aussi besoin : réparez-les, bichonnez-les, redonnez-leur vie, sauvez-les, ne les jetez jamais.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of each of your arms.
Pensez-y : si un jour vous avez besoin d’une main secourable, vous en trouverez une à chaque bout de vos bras.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
En vieillissant vous vous rendrez compte que vous avez deux mains : l’une pour vous aider vous-même, l’autre pour aider ceux qui en ont besoin.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.
La beauté d’une femme n’est pas dans les vêtements qu’elle porte, son visage ou sa façon d’arranger ses cheveux.

It must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
Elle se voit dans ses yeux, car c’est la porte ouverte sur son cœur [là ou l'amour habite].

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows.
La beauté d’une femme n’est pas dans son maquillage, mais dans la vraie beauté de son âme. C’est la tendresse qu’elle donne, l’amour, la passion qu’elle exprime.

The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.
La beauté d’une femme se développe avec les années

Sam Levenson wrote these tips for his grandchild. His words were a favorite of Audrey Hepburn--who read his Time Tested Beauty Tips to her children.

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Thank you, Hawi Moore, for surfing my blog archives and commenting on the Papillon post, which led me back to Douglas's remarks following my essay on beauty.

Regarding your comments, Dear Readers, my mom best sums it up:  

"My Dearest Kristi, I am now spending more time in your 'comments' section than I am in your word posts. I am fascinated with your readers and their posts. I must admit I am addicted, they are the icing on your cake...."
Thank you, Mom! I hope you--and all mothers out there, had a wonderful Mothers day!
(picture of Max, Mom, and Jean-Marc taken in 2003)

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