What can YOU say in six sentences?
She looked in the mirror today and for the first time ever she saw a woman... a grown woman, a strong woman, a necessary woman, an ageless woman.
Gone was the little girl, the teenage filly, the enduring mother, the fetcher/carrier/bearer/queen.
She turned from the mirror and turned the dial on the washer, turned the key in the ignition, turned the pot roast on its side, turned the page in her book, turned 23 or 46 or 89, turned her back on the past, turned her face toward the sun, wrinkles be damned.
She be damned other things while the woman in the mirror looked calmly on---be damned the magazines and the potions in painted pots, be damned the gym and the stilettos while she sought out the paths with trees holding hands overhead, be damned the ones who use words like shouldn't and can't and limits, be damned all rigidity and diets and tight waistbands.
She said goodnight kindly to the woman in the mirror; she said hello to herself, the one who showed up in her dreams, a journal in her hands.