So much is revealed in the human face that communication via print changes the experience somewhat. Stripped from the experience is any body language, as well as voice inflection, tone, and pitch. But, somehow meaning comes across and connections are made, even when speaking to total strangers.
I have never been aware before how many faces there are. There are quantities of human beings, but there are many more faces, for each person has several.
~Rainer Maria Rilke, Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
I think that the beauty in a face is in the ability to express emotion; the range of expressions. The hand is not a palate. The arm cannot express emotions. The legs, though often admired, are not a natural canvas. But, the human face can be molded and shaped, and reshaped in a moment. It is a natural canvas written and rewritten every moment to reveal our inner thoughts.
Interestingly, I have noticed that I can identify my sister by her hand alone. Many people create a canvas of tatoos on their body, but this doesn't have the same effect as the face and is permanent, unchanging. Also, I don't think any are really original, as someone else always has the same. But, take the human smile. No two are the same. Each one is the unique product of one person's joy. And, God created this natural canvas for the sole purpose of communication.
It matters more what's in a woman's face than what's on it.
~Claudette Colbert, quoted in Kindling the Spirit by Lois P. Frankel
My son, Travis has come a long way through the work that his teachers and I have invested in him over the years. He has Aspergers Syndrome, a highly functioning form of autism, and this anomaly strangely tends to remove any hint of facial expression as a form of communication. Not only does he not tend to reveal his emotions in his face, but if a smile tries to escape, he often tries to stifle it, or hide it with his hands. I have a funny picture of him smiling at his graduation in a quite unguarded comical pose. But, this was a result of something funny my sister said, just before the camera was snapped.
In an attempt to get a smile out of him, she said something slightly off color that left a mental picture, the kind you would want to delete instantly from your mental screen as it was an "unsexy" image. He laughed out loud and closed his eyes in an attempt to "unsee" what she had said. The effect Aspergers has on him is that it hinders his outward communication and social skills. Though he is of normal intelligence, this is unidentifiable normally. Intelligence is measured via speech and expression. He, like most men, typically only speaks up on topics that interest him. He is interested in football, video games, swords, geography, and things like that. If he feels knowledgable abot a topic, he is likely to speak up. He is very knowledgable about the Bible.
Oddly enough, outside of school, differences for children do not show up in most situations. Take a child who is mildly mentally handicapped. This is not usually something that friends would be aware of who hang out with the child. They have a learning difference that affects how they understand school work. They typically are taught "common knowledge" tasks and can take care of themselves as well as the next person. They often have good social skills, and are very expressive visually. Whereas, a child with Aspergers may be easier noticed because of the lack of speech and communication. My son did not go to his Senior Prom. But, then again, many people do not go to their prom. That's not really that unusual. But, he may never be able to engage normally in a standard job interview. Adults with Aspergers are typically very skilled in some areas, like computers, and hired through a non-standard interview.
I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.
I have to wonder at the fact that humans have such a wide range of facial expression available to them. It is also fun to watch a baby mimic the expressions of his parent. The Bible says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalms 139:14 It is remarkable too, as Lauren Bacall said, that so much of who we are and what we have done shows up in our faces. Here on our faces, we have a written book, that is ever changing. We write the stories of our lives, and the indelible record of the people and situations we have experienced leave their print on our face. But, over top of that imprint, we have the ability to mold and shape a million expressions to communicate with our fellow travelers in the universe. We are truly blessed to have the ability to communicate with our faces.
"You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and
read of all men" 2 Corinthians 3:2