365 Days of Writing – Day 245 – Growing old


I remember when I was arrogant about aging.  I said things like, “I’m proud of my age and I’m not going to pretend to be younger.”  I scoffed at the women who spent hundreds of dollars on Botox, lifts and tucks.

That was before the lines on my face became so obvious.  The other day I happened to glance into the mirror as I was bent over to blow dry my hair.  Half my face was listing to one side.  Sure it was easy to be high-minded about getting older when I was still lucky enough to look younger than my age.  Suddenly I look my age.  I hope I look my age and not any older.

I’ve found myself looking at women and wondering how old they are and comparing the number of lines on their face with mine.  I actually Googled Elizabeth Palmer, the CBS correspondent in Damascus, to see if she was older or younger than me because her skin looked fabulous.  She’s four years older than me!  I consoled myself with the knowledge that she had a professional make-up person in her corner.

I realize it’s genetics.  Some people have wonderful skin and some don’t.  I’ve been lucky.  I’ve had good skin.  I still have good skin, it’s just not staying in place like it used to.

I’ve had two facials in my life.  One a friend treated me to when I was about six months pregnant and feeling like a beached whale.  The other was last week.  I do believe it’s time I started doing something more for my skin that staying out of the sun.  I see more facials in my future, lucky me!

I used to tell friends to embrace the lines on their face, it showed they’d lived a good life.  Now I have to convince myself.


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