William Shakespeare

Love Through Rose-Colored Glasses

"My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun ...," says William Shakespeare in his Sonnet 130. He goes on to describe her as not the loveliest looking young lady on the block. She hasn't a particularly breathtaking raven-haired beauty. Her face was rather unexceptional in the lack of rosiness of her cheeks.

"Hmm...," I thought as I read those lines. I figured that I too could describe my college girlfriend, Jane, in much the same manner.

Let's be real, her face did not launch a thousand ships. And I was not blind. I saw that the young co-ed, Marjorie, with her porcelain complexion and flowing chestnut hair, was a real knockout, and Beverly, with her...