I Feel Bad About My Eyebrows

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One of the funniest books I’ve read is a book by Nora Ephron called, I Feel Bad About My Neck.  It was a laugh out loud, head shaking in agreement, read. So many of her stories are not only relatable, it’s very likely if you had an opportunity to sit down with her you’d be rolling over laughing at the similarities you share.  What a great story teller she was. No matter how dark the cloud over your head, she always revealed the rainbow when the timing was right.

Recently, I’ve noticed something about my once thick, gorgeous eyebrows. Yes, I can brag because if we can’t find at least one thing we’re proud of about our appearance, we need to kick up our therapy sessions. There is always SOMETHING to like and for me, it’s always been my eyebrows. However, over the last couple of years, those great eyebrows have been thinning, no longer lush, more sparse.  If I may be so bold as to steal Nora’s line, I feel bad about my eyebrows.

I really do miss my eyebrows. I can’t help but continue to play the very old song, Abraham, Martin and John song by Dion only with very different lyrics.

“Anybody here, seen my lush, thick eyebrows?  Can you tell me where they’ve gone? They saw a lot of tweezing but not so much to disappear..I just looked around and they were gone.” ‘sigh’

Although my eyebrows have been thinning, the irony is the abundance of chin and upper lip hair that has recently joined my enlarged pores.  Like a raspberry bush that replants itself from limbs, it seems my hair follicles from the brow area have replanted themselves in my chin and upper lip.  And to add insult to injury,  one smart alec stray has managed to replant itself smack dab in the middle of a mole. That’s what I get for being grossed out many years ago by the site of chin hair on older women. Now I’m that older woman well, payback is hell.   That mole that will be the bane of my existence.

So do tell, what about your eyebrows? Have you noticed a change? Thinning? Shape change?  How I miss my brows. But in the spirit of Nora Ephron, the rainbow is my eyebrow pencil. In the space that used to house lush thick eyebrows, it is now colored in. Thank God I learned to color in the lines as a kid.


Here’s to thinning eyebrows everywhere,




Fashion, Function or Fuddy-duddy


My new dilemma in my 50’s –  fashion. Recently, I had to buy a dress for a fancy dancy event. I found a dress I thought was adorable.  I tried it on to show my 20-something year old daughter. And when I made the big reveal, the look on her face told me, “NO!”  And then she said it, “Well, Mom it’s just a little…..young.”  What does that mean, young?  I wasn’t sporting cut off jean shorts, pockets below the actual short, cheeks visible (the less cute cheeks) braless with a t-shirt, this was a dress, and a lovely one at that.

Hmm, I went back in to the dressing room and looked in the mirror and wondered what was “young” about it. So I stuck my head out of the dressing room to find my daughter and I asked , “Define too young?” She thought for a moment and without holding back said, “It’s something I would wear.”  I kicked back, “Well you borrow my clothes. Should I tell you that the shirt or dress you borrowed looks too old?”  And then of course the walls went up and she said, “If you like it, get it, I don’t care.”  Ugh, the “I don’t care.”  I’m a woman, I know full well what that means, “Proceed at your own risk.”

I didn’t know what to do. I’m pretty good at choosing what makes me happy, but now I actually questioned myself. Am I delusional?  Is this dress more appropriate for someone much younger? Am I clear on what defines too young or too old?”  So I decided to ask around and here were some responses by my 50 something lady friends.

“If your cheeks are hanging out of your shorts, not appropriate. Pig tails, not appropriate.”

“Personally, if you feel good in it, who cares?”

” I once had someone tap me on the back, I turned around and it was a young man. ‘Oh sorry, I thought you were a friend of mine, but she’s much younger.’  I didn’t know whether to feel flattered or embarrassed.”

“It’s all very personal. Use good judgement. If you like the way you feel in it, wear it.”

“By the time you get to 50, most women get it. And then there are a few others that don’t. Part of we wants to judge, while the other part appreciates their carefree attitude.”

“I liken it to a beach. There are some people who have no business wearing bikini’s or speedos (yes mean still wear those) if you feel good wearing it, doesn’t much matter what others think.”

So there we have it. What are your thoughts? Do you think about dressing your age or do you dress in whatever you feel good in?


Whatever you wear, wear it well!