Recovering The SelfA Journal of Hope and Healing


Where Are My Eyebrows?

by Evelyn Horan

When I was in my early thirties, I endured the painful process of plucking my full eyebrows several times a month. Soon, I grew weary of that hurtful process and discovered an electrologist technician who carefully removed one eyebrow hair at a time, and over a long period, shaped my eyebrows into an acceptable and attractive arch that I enjoyed for many years.

But a recent discovery has given me pause to consider my advancing senior years. In the scrutiny of the many unkind, bright, lights above my bathroom mirror, I noticed most of my eyebrows had disappeared! I was shocked and mortified.

Where are my eyebrows, I wondered, as I slowly traced a gentle forefinger across the once easily defined arch? Very few eyebrows remained. Without my eyebrows my face appeared faded and quite aged.Untitled-2

Then I recalled an important statement from friends telling me they never leave the house “without their eyebrows.” I had become their intimate comrade now! I, too, must never leave the house “without my eyebrows,” which means I must find a light brown, honey-brown, or medium brown eyebrow pencil.

Truthfully, it requires a bit of concentrated skill to draw two imaginary eyebrows across the area of correct placement. Early on, I had to practice diligently to be sure I hadn’t drawn eyebrows too full and dark because they made the rest of my face– putting it mildly– look grotesque. I had to be careful not to extend the line too far beyond my eyes. If I did, I looked as if I were going to attack a mortal enemy, as my appearance was quite ferocious. After much effort, and many sighs, I finally discovered how to draw the appropriate eyebrow lines with my eyebrow pencil.

So today, I carry an eyebrow pencil in the coin section of my wallet. As you can see, I have good reasons to never be “without my eyebrows now!” And furthermore, I can continue to age with a cheerful attitude.

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

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