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The Beautiful Girls

It was about 1AM a couple nights ago when this image came on my iPad.  I had already been up for two hours and would be up for another two.  Intending to watch one, maybe two episodes of Mad Men before bed, I watched five (oops!), finishing Season 4.

This image is from Episode 9, “The Beautiful Girls,” and is my favorite episode of the show.  Whether or not you’ve seen it (and if you haven’t, it’s on Netflix instant stream so go start from the beginning!), this picture captures the essence of everything beautiful and intriguing about these characters and their storylines.  Without knowing any details, look at each woman’s face.  Really, go back up and look at them.

Do you see all the depth, wisdom, fear, pain, courage, steadfastness and determination captured in each woman’s presence?  They are living different stories but are engaged in the same battles of becoming and womanhood and relationships and choice and change.  And for this one moment the three of them stand, side-by-side, ready and waiting.  It’s a beautiful image from a powerful and quiet closing scene.  One that I watched several times before moving on to Episode 10.

I’m turning 25 tomorrow.

This image is the full spectrum of emotion I feel as I embark on a new year, a new quarter century, a new beginning.  I feel like I’m right there with Joan, Peggy, and Faye – if the frame was bigger I’d try to photoshop myself in on the left.

And what’s next?  Well we have four months of anticipatory waiting for Season 5 to premiere…March is gonna be a big month


About Samantha Curley

Hi! My name is Samantha Curley. I live in Pasadena, California where I run a non-profit organization called Level Ground (onlevelground.org). I like to ponder, ask questions, and share stories about life, art, and faith.


2 thoughts on “The Beautiful Girls

  1. I’m not a Mad Men buff, but I have seen it enough to know the characters you’re describing. I do appreciate how they’re such different women with their own struggles, yet in a way they’re all struggling with the same things. I try and take this with me in the real world. Before I get angry, jealous or frustrated with someone, I try and remember that they’re going through their own struggles which may be more similar to my own than I’d imagine.

    Posted by Stephanie Bennis | November 18, 2011, 2:57 PM
  2. you have me convinced … I may need to start mad men over winter break. ok. see you soon.

    Posted by erin | November 20, 2011, 9:44 PM

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