I did it today. I plucked the hair in my chinny-chin-chin.
This is how you know that you’re getting old. You have chin hair. I remember when I was younger Mamaw had this mole on the side of her chin. She would clip the hairs that grew there occasionally. I, on the other hand, remember playing with them. I find myself doing the same thing–and that is when I know that I need to pluck.
I can also tell I am getting old other ways:
- Today I watched this kid on the Ellen Show who is a skateboarder. I actually felt sick at my stomach watching him flying in the air. Being aware that I can and will die if I do something stupid makes me old. I ALMOST had that in high school when we decided to roll down the hill in the huge metal pipe. I though, “Hmmm, this will not turn out well…” a minute too late.
- I am getting wrinkly. They are on my forehead–and I blame that totally on my students. I have to give them that “mom” look. They are also all around my eyes and mouth. I blame that on my students too. Those suckers can really make me laugh.
- I get indigestion. And I know what causes it. We used to make fun of one of our friends (and still do), because she would complain about indigestion. Now, I know what foods I should avoid. I know that when my tummy aches and I have gas, I ate something that really “didn’t agree with me.”
- I use phrases like “that didn’t agree with me.”
- I am dreadfully aware that everyone is having babies. But for the first time in fifteen years, it actually is a little scary to think of having a baby. Yet again, I know what can go wrong. Plus, I live in Mexico, and I saw what that hospital looked like the other day. I have been told that the baby-having hospital is better off.
- I sometimes have to make people unhappy. This is usually because I WANT to spend time with my family. That’s right, you heard me. I want to spend time with my family. If that isn’t a sign of aging, I don’t know what is. The thing is, my friends are getting old too. They understand that because I haven’t been in town for a while, I might want to spend time with my family. Weird. Wonder if they realize it?
I sometimes have aches and pains when I wake up. My knees creak. I forget things. I want to eat vegetables. I haven’t played at the park across the street yet, and I’ve lived here a week. I found a gray hair the other day. I like antiques. I wear sunscreen. I take vitamins by choice. I think about the future. I lock the door when I go to bed. I turn out the lights to save electricity. I save random things that I think I might use again.
I have chin hair.