Monday, May 2, 2016

Auntie Em




Dear Auntie Em,

Am I the only one who looks in the mirror and doesn't recognize the face I see?


                                                     Sincerely,

Who's That Girl





Dear That Girl (Oh. Em. Gee...I LOVED her!):

Nope.

I'll bet this person doesn't:

Ali MacGraw then...

...and now


Kathleen Turner then...



Kathleen now.


And let me leave you with this, That Girl...



None of us look like we did when we were 20. Who really cares, besides us?
No one, that's who.

Did you raise kids and a husband (and no matter how old you were when you got married, you raised a husband)?
You are allowed a thousand wrinkles and/or cellulite bulges for each.

Did you make it through the teenage years? Five hundred gray hairs.

Home ownership? Another five hundred gray hairs.

For every project you were put in charge of: room mom, wedding, birthday party...ten pounds each.

Honestly, sometimes I tell my sweet husband that the only reason I keep him around is that he's the only one who remembers me when I was still cute. So many of my friends who knew me then are not around now.



So, That Girl...even THAT girl has grown older. And we need to be grateful every day, as not recognizing yourself in the mirror is a privilege denied to many.

Love, 
Auntie Em

**This post dedicated to Carole, the bravest bald woman I ever met.

15 comments:

ART aka Anna-Ruth Taynton said...

Thanks for this! BTW You still are cute!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

proof that women age just as gracefully (if not more so!) as men! ( gosh darn those men who look so darn hot with salt n pepper hair and only get sexier. i hate them.)

Kim said...

LOL Were you spying on me this weekend? I swear I looked in the mirror yesterday and said that. And then I colored my hair ;)

Bliss said...

OK. You're right. I can live with the old lady in the mirror but it does bother me that I'm surrounded by very few who knew me when. Their day will come I guess.

andi filante said...

A-men! The older we get, the better we get, right?

-andi

Kathleen George said...

I wanted to be That Girl! I see my mom in the mirror and ha! so true, raising a husband.
Kathleen in Az

Carla said...

Yes! Now that I've quit coloring my hair I don't always reconize myself!

Carla said...

Yes! Now that I've quit coloring my hair I don't always reconize myself!

Donnamae said...

Oh Kirby...this is spot on! Raising a husband takes years off your life....I told mine...I'm never letting him go! I don't have the energy to train a replacement! ;)

Rose L said...

I have written a couple poems just on this subject! They get laughs when I have read them in public! In my head I see myself totally different than what a mirror reflects. I think we should ban mirrors!

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

We're so much wiser now -- who needs cute??
xo Heidi

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

The scariest is catching yourself in a mirror in fluorescent lighting in a store......who is that person and do I look that bad??!!!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I can still see myself if I duct tape my face back! LOL

Marie Blackburn said...

Well said, Kirby! Then I saw Jane Fomda on Ellen yesterday...now that's a broad whose still smok'n at 78-years old. Wish I looked like that at 58 years old. Time for a glass of whine😩🍷

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I think I'm ok with the mirror thing - the way I deal with it is by not looking in the mirror. I did have a significant come-up-ance (is that a real word? my mother said it all the time, but I realize that I don't know how to spell it) I started looking through the facebook page for my 40 year reunion. Holy Moly those people are old! Unrecognizable in many cases. Time gets every single one of us. But I'm grateful I've had the time.

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