Fairwell to Youth, But Not Beauty
Monday, March 5, 2012
..a recent NY Times article, by Maria Russo got me thinking of the dinner conversation we had with a married friends couple the previous evening. It began with the man announcing his plan to get rid of the bags beneath his eyes. His wife followed with her intent to get a facelift. By the way--our friends are truly lucky that they enjoy good health (complete anesthesia is no small matter!) and enough discretionary income to entertain these options. I was a bit taken aback though when the man offered what I should "take care of" as well. Did he think I never notice? It's a daily battle for most of us as we age to accept the way we physically change--especially since so many around us do succumb to invasive procedures.We hear the compliments the surgically enhanced receive.."She looks so great for her age.." and wonder if the playing field will ever be fair?
So, I try to conjure up my support vision of Lauren Hutton (my favorite!!) , Diane Keaton, Jane Goodall, Brigitte Bardot, Iris Apfel...and possibly Ellen De Generous (though sometimes I suspect something a bit different about her visage that may be more about Photoshop rather than surgery). It also helps to take a trip to Paris and other European cities where artificiality is not the end game. My Aunt Ruth was the first beauty I noticed had no concerns about her wrinkles. She lived as she pleased till almost 101 years old. Isn't that really beautiful?