Shadows grasp at light,
Dance and stretch in the night.
Path a blur,
But still I go,
Into the unknown.
To me, life is much like the photo above: I think I know where I’m going because I see my own feet, but when I look ahead the realization comes that things aren’t so clear after all. Life can be danger lurking in the shadows, waiting to rob us of what we thought we had. Yet it can also be the light that reminds of what we have in abundance. We all know life isn’t fair, but it does have a sense of humor. I saw evidence of it last weekend.
My older son barged into the bathroom, pointing to his chin. “Mom, is this a zit? Did I get my first zit?” He seemed excited, not upset. I wondered if this warranted a call to the pediatrician. I squinted. I moved closer, then farther away. “Let me get my glasses,” I said.
See, he had interrupted my daily fraud, I mean make-up routine. This is the ten minutes in the morning that I have down like a pit crew at a Nascar race. If the process goes well, dark circles under my eyes are concealed, brown spots on my skin are faded and lips lightly tinted – all this to look a little younger.
Life is funny this way. While my son anxiously searches for signs of age, I painstakingly attempt to soften its traces. The young want to be older because they dream of the freedom it holds. The old want to embrace youth, because we know the freedom it holds.
And life laughs.
Just for fun: If life was an animal, what would it be and why?