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Am I Looking at My Mom?

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by Evelyn Horan?????

When I stand before my bedroom full length mirror, instead of the slim, young girl I remember in my early twenties, I see a senior citizen woman, with flat hips and waistline with the same measurements, arms, and legs that have remained slimmer than my torso, and a buxom bosom that almost touches my waist, even though I hold myself up taller and straighter. Why I’m looking at my mom!

In youth, I never considered that my slim body would ever become plump, and in structure become exactly like my mom in her senior years. Have you heard the admonition given to young men seeking a bride? “When you marry a young girl, just remember, she will look like her matronly mother when she reaches the same age.”

I give a little sigh, promise myself to spend more time walking and exercising on my treadmill, and cut back on the nightly TV snacks while I’m relaxing in my recliner watching the big screen. I will be tightening up lax muscles and perhaps, lose a pound or two when I deny myself that piece of chocolate.

Of course, I know I’ll probably procrastinate and soon omit the exercise, and I’ll join my husband in a dish of vanilla ice cream now and then, as we watch our favorite TV program. I often justify my behavior with such statements as the following:

  1. Well, at my age, I deserve a few pleasures.
  2. Senior citizens can stretch the rules. I’ve worked hard all my life, and I deserve a few indulgences.
  3. I’ll start on a strict diet – tomorrow.

About the Author

Evelyn Horan is a former teacher/counselor. Her articles and stories have been published many times in periodicals for children and adults in both secular and religious publications. She holds General Elementary, General Secondary, Pupil Personnel, and also School Psychologist life credentials in the state of California. Horan is the author of a number of books including Aging Requires a Gentle Attitude. Learn more about her work at http://www.authorsden.com/evelynhoran.

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