A Respite from the Cold
New Acquisitions

Rear View Mirror

(Warning to readers under sixty:  You might want to skip this preview of another indignity of growing older.)

Standing in front of a floor-to-ceiling mirror in my exercise tights while waiting for a slow elevator, I noticed that my backside is now pancake flat.  How could this have happened?!  I spent so many years trying to tame my rear wiggle and now that it’s gone, I want it back. 

Even worse, there are folds in my skin where my butt meets my thighs that I would use to re-inflate my behind, if that were an option.  Those little wrinkles that babies have that show how much space they can grow into?  They’re back again, but heading in the wrong direction.

And while I’m on the subject of my deteriorating body--naah, we don’t have all day…


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audrey mitchell

Exercise helps...butt tucks...butt you have to be persistent.

Mary O'Keeffe

This is why like exercising in my bedroom in front of a picture window looking out into the snowy woods behind my home, wearing my loose PJs. Or at my favorite yoga studio, wearing loose clothes. Or outdoor exercise--like snowshoeing--all bundled up. No mirrors or revealing clothes in any of those places. In the mirror in my head, I feel like a teenager again.

Swimming in the summer--a little bit tougher, but if I don't wear my glasses, I can't see much but a pleasant blur as I pass by the mirrors on the way to the pool! :-)

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