They’ve always been pretty big. My mom’s are big, my aunts’ are big, and my grandma’s were big. I’ve grown accustomed to them, but I still cringe at how much attention they get whenever I wear something fitted. They’re always sore after I run. Men don’t seem to mind them much, but I always feel like the waif-like women at the gym are judging me because of them.
For the record, I’m talking about my calves.
The calves that make skinny jeans without stretch a near impossibility. The calves that make boots that I can zip all the way up worth more than diamonds. The calves that make me self-conscious whenever I wear a skirt.Their girth is partially due to genetics (my mom’s legs look like tiny tree trunks) and partially my own fault. Since I learned to walk, I’ve taken the stairs two at a time–which makes my similarly outsized donk look pretty delightful, but makes my legs look pretty diesel. Additionally, I’m about the size of a garden gnome, so I wear heels almost all of the time, which stretches them out and firms them up–and makes them grow even wider.
I never noticed just how enormous my calves were until I started school, stood next to other girls, and immediately wanted to hide. They all looked delicate, feminine, and pretty in their shorts and dresses. They looked like every adjective ever used to describe a gardenia.
I looked . . . Sturdy. Durable. Solid. I pretty much looked like every adjective ever used in an ad for a garbage bag.Over the years though, I’ve learned that heels make my legs look more proportional. I learned to point my toes in photos to look longer and leaner. I’ve also learned to appreciate what those giant calves can do for me. I can kick hard and high (World Cup, here I come!). I could probably outrun an attacker if I had to, or maybe even rush to someone’s rescue if they needed it. That makes me feel pretty good. And? My calves make me just sturdy enough to hold up my donk. I might fall over otherwise!
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