Oh to have that neckline again!
The smooth and wrinkle-free throat of youth.
How we took such things for granted back then. Aging happened to
our grandmothers, our aunties, even our mothers, but did we ever really
think it would be our swan-like necks, lined and creased, reflected in the mirror?
During our formative years we girls were bombarded by the media,
the magazines, and told we were not as perfect as we should be, could be.
Many of us struggled through our teens wondering if we would ever
make the grade when it came to looks, shape, clear skin.
Lotions and potions were purchased, lined up on the vanity or dresser,
tried for a while then tossed aside when a newer supposedly better
one came along. The drug store became a regular stomping ground, we
spent time and spending money on the less expensive brands until, guess
what, we earned salaries and were able to graduate to the high priced
In fancy department stores we were ambushed by slick salespeople the
moment we stepped inside the doors - thank you Mr. Selfridge - each wanting
to spray us, dab us, sit us down on a high stool at their counter and make us
into their version of a women with the perfect skin, the lined and shadowed eye,
the sexy lip.
We often succumbed as we'd been brainwashed by those magazines
and television ads. We weren't yet 'perfect' and we required a make over!
The few times I agreed to sit on that stool I came away feeling ridiculous and
looking like someone I was not. I couldn't wait to get home and wash it all off.
I admit I purchased a few of those high priced lotions and potions with
the fancy names and over the top packaging. Whether they made much
difference in the big scheme of things and the aging game, who truly knows.
I still have a wrinkled neck like most women in their seventies!
So, I still enjoy quietly browsing around a drugstore, nobody bothers me
trying to sell me high priced creams and cosmetics. I sometimes try a new
affordable product, but then leave with enough cash leftover for a nice
bunch of flowers and a bottle of wine!
I do buy some excellent products from one company with a department
store counter. They are very good, not high priced, their salespeople
are well-trained, helpful and never pushy. I am even using
them on my throat where I now have a fading scar from my recent
thyroid surgery, and am very satisfied with the healing.
Although I'll never have a smooth neckline again, I'm thankful for what
I do have and I'm just going to make the most of it!