Friday 16 November 2018

Bairbre Power: Midlife

Bairbre Power. Photo: Kieran Harnett
Bairbre Power. Photo: Kieran Harnett
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

I know, I know, it's rude to stare. It's something my mum drummed into me as a young child because maybe I did look a little too long at some people. I was a contented only child but I was utterly intrigued by big families and the dynamics within - there was the noise, the rows, and the ability to look almost like clones of each other.

In midlife, you come across this quite a bit, when people you know look like themselves, but not quite. What have they done? Shaved off a beard? Grown their hair long, or changed the colour of the hair they still have?

Recently I met a pal and I couldn't for the life of me figure out what she had done, but she definitely looked different. Eyes or lips? I tried not to stare but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. However, I wasn't going to ask.

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