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Objects In Mirror Are Younger Then They Appear
2004-09-09 - 4:22 p.m.

I didn’t mind it when people would tell me “You look just like your mother”. I always thought she was an attractive woman so it was a compliment. That is until I got older and it changed into, “Are you two sisters?” This, I did not like. However, my mother wanted to be seen more often out in public with me. She got the biggest kick out of it.

I used to go to the movies and get charged the youth price (when it was for 15 and under) when I was well into my 20s. I was carded for cigarettes well into my late 20s. Now I practically have to beg them to at least look at my ID. I feel like I look so old that they don’t even have to bother. Pfft.

Last week, I went out with some friends to go on this city block walk to see some bands. Now, I know my friend is about a foot shorter than me and I have yet to see any fine lines on her. She is 5 years older than me, and pushing 40 years old. Imagine my joy when a man asked me if she was my daughter.

The other day, I was out for a drive with Glen. I looked in the side mirror and caught a glimpse of myself. I have looked in that mirror for years. I always thought I looked pretty passable. That particular day, the sun was shining down a beautiful hazy gold. There was a slight breeze and as I inhaled the crisp, fresh air I looked in the mirror and saw the scariest thing looking back at me. It looked like one of those computer generated aging pictures of how you’ll look when you’re like 50 or 60. Except it was the real deal. I rubbed my eyes. Yup, the image was still there. When the heck did this happen?

I have been working with ways to deal with this. I tried the “heck with it, I’ll grow old naturally” approach but nope sorry, that one sucks now that I have hit this time in my life or whatever you want to call it. I’m 32 and I look 45. I have tried many a beauty product and after all the creams, greases, masks and goop it’s still me underneath. Wrinkles bags and all. I’m still toying with the Preperation H thing though. I wonder if you really can purchase a face bra. If so, someone point me to that website before someone asks me if I’m my kids grandma.

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