From my teens to fifties

Me in my teens: spends every spare minute slathering on oil and laying out in the sun. Sometimes will hold out my very dark brown arm or leg for inspection and fake lament, “I’m still so white. I think I need better suntan oil,” in order to prompt the automatic disagreement from others. Until one day my mom told me it was totally phony and obvious and I should be embarrassed. .

Me in my 20’s- with two small kids, I have less time for sun-bathing, but we live on an island and I take them to the beach a lot, slathering them with sunscreen, and basting myself in oil so I can be tanned.

Me in my 30s: I have five young children at the start of my 30s and 7 kids by the end, and no time and no money and I have decided I love the natural look. I drop the suntanning, the make-up, hair-cuts, and am happily busy with lots and lots of other projects.

Me in my 40s: Hair and make-up? Still don’t care. In chats with my other friends who are feeling our encroaching age, I opine that I will grow gray gracefully and cheerfully because I like gray.

Me in my mid-50s: I wish I had cared more about weight when I was younger. I’m sporting a comb-over because I will probably never go gray, but I suspect I am going to be bald by my 60’s. I’m wearing a Korean BB cream that promises to whiten my skin and make it glow (The Face Shop Intensive Glow BB Cream SPF37 to be more precise). I don’t know that it makes me whiter, and I don’t see a glow, but I like it because it evens out my splotchy skin tone- and I no longer love the natural look, because ‘natural’ to me is not peach, brown, black, or white, it’s kind of like an appaloosa’s backside only more smeary. My nails are always sporting polish. I don’t really care what colour, it just has to have a layer of glittery, sparkly, shiny stuff on top.

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  1. Lindsey in AL
    Posted November 30, 2017 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Hahaha! I’ll be 40 next weekend and have been saying that I’ll “grow gray gracefully because I like gray” for years. That’s not so hard when at 40 I have approximately one dozen silver hairs on my head. As far as weight, I’m already wishing I’d been better about that when I was younger. No time like the present to get started again, I suppose 😛

  2. Frances
    Posted November 30, 2017 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    I’ve had compliments from strangers on my long grey braid. I suppose I’ll have to get a sensible grown-up haircut one of these days when I’m too arthritic to manage it. Hoping it will achieve “silver” first.

  3. Posted December 8, 2017 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Are you gluten free? That might help with the thinning hair. I went gluten free 8 years ago and my hair is twice as thick as it was.

    I’m in my 50s too and not enjoying the general blotchiness. 😛

    • Headmistress
      Posted December 9, 2017 at 3:46 am | Permalink

      I am not gluten free. I am not sure how easy that would be here.

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