After all of my whining about not wanting to be a typical Southern belle, I sure felt like one yesterday. I had my very own makeup artist working on me and then a flurry of photographs taken hoping for at least one good one for the back cover of "Hot Bubbles and Chocolate" which should be available in e-format any day now and in hard copy before the end of the month. The makeup part was fun. I never look at myself in the mirror any more. It does no good. When I try, there's this old fat grey haired old woman who jumps in front of me. I don't like looking at her so I just try to avoid mirrors as much as possible. I really hadn't noticed that my eyelashes had completely grown back in after I lost them all during chemo. "Your eyelashes are amazing" were some of the nicest words anyone has ever said to me. I was wondering if I could learn to flutter them like Scarlett O'Hara did (without falling over) when someone said, "No no, no powder. It will just make her wrinkles show up." And my bubble burst like a balloon landing on a porcupine. C'est la vie.
An hour spent being wrapped in scarves, herded into rays of dying afternoon light, earring changes, shirt changes, dog changes, and finally it was all over. And I was really expecting to see the new me that I feel inside when I looked at the pictures. Sadly, most of them looked a whole lot like the old me. But, I see a twinkle in my eye that hasn't been there in a few years in some of them. And I can slightly tell a loosening of the brow. Maybe even the gentle tug of a smile that hasn't been quite as ready as usual recently. All in all, it was a successful shoot and I'm so grateful to everyone involved. Thanks Arliss for setting it all up. And to Madeleine Paddock for her gracious help with the makeup. If any beauty showed up in the final pictures, it's only because she channeled it through her brush. What a very lovely lady she is!
I'm not sure which photo will end up on the cover. But, it will probably be one of these. Which one do you like best?
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I've never been normal. I've never tried to be. I can't imagine anything more boring.
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