Is Your Mirror Mute or Mouthy?

Headshot of Katy looking into the distance, with a soft window light on her face.
I look in the mirror and see how young I look. The freckles, the pimples, the dimples all seem to say "she's not old enough to vote, to drive, to answer any difficult questions".

I see the spot where I shaved off part of my eyebrow. I was in the habit of watching my dad and older brothers shaving. One day, alone in the bathroom, I couldn't resist picking up one of the razors and trying it. The hair has grown back funny in that part of my eyebrow. It is longer than the rest and points in odd directions. I looked at myself in the mirror that day with horror. I couldn't undo what I just did. Why did I do it in the first place? That eyebrow is an example of my lack of thinking things through before I do them.

I look in the mirror and I am drawn to my eyes. They are an aspect of myself I truly find aesthetically pleasing. I love their quirky nature of appearing to change shades. Perhaps a grayish-blue one day and a brilliant blue the next.

If I look in the mirror long enough I start to feel disappointed in my crooked teeth. I feel my lower front teeth with my tongue and frown. My brow furrows as I remember the three years I spent wearing orthodontics. They were perfect once. Having had known the pleasure of perfectly straight teeth I want it back.

What do you see when you look in the mirror?

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One Reply to “Is Your Mirror Mute or Mouthy?”

  1. Katy you have the eyes of a Shoemaker. They are your dad's eyes, Grandma (Shoes) eyes and Grandma Greens eyes..they are shared with a Shoemaker Aunt or two and a couple of cousins I know. They are eyes that change with their mood, the time of day, the color surrounding them. They are eyes that can look into souls and feel what they see and they are beautiful eyes.

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