Plastic surgery and discouragement

Posted by    |    February 21st, 2012 at 6:45 am

Chittagong, Bangladesh (July 2, 2006) – Operation Smile volunteers Janet Casabon Benowitz and Dr. Bill Pond anesthetize a young child before undergoing corrective plastic surgery on his cleft lip aboard U.S. Naval hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), during the ship’s visit to provide humanitarian and civic assistance to the people of Bangladesh (Credit: US Navy/photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joseph Caballero)This headline caught my eye today: “Plastic surgery does make you look younger, study finds.”  I hope they didn’t spend much money to reach such a shocking conclusion.  Continuing to state the obvious, Reuters reports that “cold-water baths may soothe aches. And anyone who has tried to parent a teenager could have written this headline: “How much sleep do teens really need?  Maybe less than you think.”

The obvious isn’t always so obvious.  A teacher commented about Woodrow Wilson, “He is ten years old and is just beginning to read and write.  He shows signs of improving, but you must not set your sights too high for him.”  Abraham Lincoln‘s elementary school teacher said of him, “He is very good with his studies, but he is a daydreamer and asks foolish questions.”