Last week I had my picture taken by an extremely talented photographer from an excellent photography agency, both of whom we will leave unnamed.
A rep from the photo agency claimed to have visited ChangingAging.org to learn more about me. I found that claim doubtful when I received this email regarding options for touching-up my photos:
We can send you examples of what we can do to skin and wrinkles around eyes to make the portrait more appealing to a wider audience.
Regular ChangingAging readers will appreciate the irony. For those not familiar with my personal view of wrinkles, here’s an outtake from my book, What are Old People For:
People fear wrinkles because of what they seem to say about us. They are the sum of all the days we have lived and will never live again. They tell our story even when we do not want that story told. Even the attempt to erase them becomes part of what is written on our faces. We- the doers, the movers, the shakers, the achievers, the rocks of our families and communities- are being written upon. It shocks us to see ourselves, for the first time, as paper and not the pen we imagine ourselves to be.
Wrinkles are painless and harmless. They are us and we are them.
Now if only they’d offered to make me look older and wiser…