LIFE IS SHORT | Autobiography as Haiku

LIFE IS SHORT | Autobiography as Haiku

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Emma Lord
Emma Lord(Rebecca D'Angelo - For The Washington Post)
Just another day in the swim team locker room. "My thighs are huge ," someone moans as I walk in. "Oh, God, are you kidding -- look at all my belly fat!" another person chimes in, as if bragging. They might as well be, in this competition of misery and self-loathing we endure every day. Not in the mood, I stash my bag away, heading for one of the changing stalls. "I hate my body," says one of the freshmen, looking at me expectantly. But I don't say anything. I don't want to play today.

Emma Lord

Falls Church

Was I supposed to rue the day my wrinkles arrived? Because really, I'm rather proud of this crinkle in the corner of my eye. It lends a rich texture to my self-expression. Substantiates my stories. Punctuates my jokes. Implies all the empathy, passion, lust and joy that a younger me would struggle to convey. A real, grown-up, I-know-how-to-walk-in-heels, let-me-show-you-how-to-work-that-power-drill, I-don't-need-a-boyfriend-but-I'll-take-you-as-my-lover crease. A prism to refract the twinkle in my eye, an ornament that gilds the window to my soul . . . This, right here, is character, and it only deepens with age. What's not beautiful about that?

Danielle Cantor
Danielle Cantor(Rebecca D'Angelo - For The Washington Post)
Danielle Cantor

Washington

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