A wrinkle of time

courtesy of Microsoft clip artThe best places for wrinkles are the surfaces of prunes, raisins, cerebral cortices, some kinds of mushrooms, and shar peis. Yet this week, dozens of fine lines marring my cheeks appeared without my permission or any advanced warning.  They are easiest to see when I smile.  My husband says he’s doubtful that they taxied in as if they had all traveled together to my face in a jumbo jet and disembarked at the same time, but he did confirm that they were visible to the naked eye, or at least the naked eye with prescription glasses.

So where did these buggers come from? Dermatologists would point out that spending time in climates dominated by blue skies, sunshine, happily singing birds, and temperatures that allow one to go outside without a parka and umbrella, are responsible for facial results like I’m seeing this week.  However, in saying this they would not be referring to Washington State, which missed the notice of the Vernal Equinox all together. Volleys of hail pellets and gusting winds are the norm for March, and on a good day, mixed snow and rain. A sun break is what happens when you see a haze-covered orb, about 7:15 p.m., just before it sets in the western sky.

I know I can’t worry about this new development, since worry itself causes lines in the face. Nor is make-up the answer, since make-up quickly makes its way into the valleys created by these new facial crevasses. I’m short on ideas of how to erase these obvious mistakes, except — and now I’m warning those readers who know me — to stop smiling.

About stillalife

I retired June 30, 2010 after working for 40 years in the field of education and most recently doing school public relations/community outreach in a mid-size urban school district. I wrote for superintendents and school board members. Now I'm writing for me and I hope for you. In this blog, I offer my own views coupled with the latest research on how to preserve our physical and mental health as we age, delve into issues most of us over 50 can relate to like noticing wrinkles and forgetting where we left our keys, discuss the pros and cons of different ways to engage our minds and bodies after we leave the workplace, and throw in an occasional book review, all peppered with a touch of humor, irony, and just plain silliness. Also, I'm on the third draft of my second novel since retirement.
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5 Responses to A wrinkle of time

  1. Sharon Howard says:

    Ann: Developing cataracts will make these wrinkles disappear. My 97 year-old mother said after her cataract surgery that she found an old woman looking back at her in the mirror who had not been there before. Fuzziness can be youthful. Sharon

  2. Evelyn says:

    I have two comments about wrinkles in old age: I believe it was Lauren Bacall who said the best way to deal with wrinkles is to stand further from the mirror.

    My friend who is younger than I am says life is unfair because she doesn’t see any wrinkles on my face but she sees a lot on her own. I on the other hand do not see any wrinkles on her face and I do see quite a few on mine. After giving this some thought I decided that we both have wrinkles and poor eyesight as well. Aging may not be fun, but it is interesting.

  3. ben shimbo says:

    It’s only a small price tro pay for getting older.

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