Writers' Pantry #49. There are days we take assessment of who we have become, and it is often a humbling experience. I'll share my journey to humility this bleak, Sunday afternoon, and admit my self-deprecating humor may be just a bit exaggerated.
Submitted to Poets & Storytellers United, December 6, 2020
In youth, while we revere our elders, smugly most of us think to ourselves we’ll look and act much younger when we reach that age. But, in subtle and insidious ways, time marches on. I had always prided myself on having a small waist for my ample body, and I accented it with belts. Middle age came along, my waist thickened, and belts were uncomfortable so they went by the wayside. I soon tired of flirty skirts and business suits, and opted to wear pants. No more worrying about sitting properly and crossing my legs carefully. In no time I discovered elastic waists were wonderful things, and it seemed less important (if not impossible) to hold my stomach in.
Being blessed with small eyes, for years I wore artificial eyelashes to make my eyes appear larger. Soon my eyelids sagged to the point the artificial lashes appeared to be slings, so I abandoned that habit. I had always worn bras that gave me a perky, pointy profile, but soon I could find no man-made spandex strong enough to fight the slow droop of age. I opted for something comfortable that contained my breasts and gently lifted them to the point I didn’t step on them.
Speaking of steps, middle age blessed me with generalized arthritis. It seemed my feet came to feel like bags of miscellaneous bones. Today I'm lost without my Easy Spirit shoes. Their arch support, sensible soles and laces gather up the miscellaneous bones, and guarantee I feel grounded. Gone are the sexy pumps and delicate sandals, gone are the belts, gone are the flirty skirts and business suits, gone are the perky breasts, gone are the artificial lashes. I peer into the mirror and see exactly the same elderly woman I vowed I wouldn’t become. Life has a way of having the last laugh. It's called humility.