Before & After

When this new reality show, “This is Us -The Quarantine Edition” began, I should have thought of a fun challenge for all of us to do together. I would have encouraged everyone to take a before picture. You know, the one where your hair is in a good place. Your color is bright with flecks of blond that are covering the gray that yearns to blanket your head. Your pedicure and manicure are on point. Even your skin is cooperating.

Then, when the quarantine is lifted, and before you run to your hairstylist/manicurist/pedicurist/plastic surgeon, you take an after picture. Friends, that is when the veil will be lifted. We would see the truth. The gray, the chipped nail polish, the sagging face from the lack of Botox, well you get the imagery. But, the good news is that we can all look like shit together. There is no competition in the glamour department during our time in captivity.

I don’t know about you, but my skin is under the impression that we are going through puberty and don’t even get me started on the insanity of how quickly my facial hair is growing. Even though my hair is short, it is feeling the effects of our time in captivity. But, the reality is this is all a small price to pay to stay healthy while we vegetate at home.

There might have been some clipping of hair that has occurred. (Shhhh….don’t tell my hair stylist. Oh, crap, she reads this. Sorry, Michelle, but it was necessary and I did a good job.) Actually, her only stipulation was that I didn’t let Brian touch my hair. I did honor that request. I am not doing my own pedicure. I was the kid who couldn’t color within the lines, so painting my toes would result in my whole foot radiating in pink.

I just wanted to share that you are not alone. Avoid mirrors during this time. We are all going to be fine. Ugly, but fine.

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