Kendra hadn’t been this nervous since her first date… in 1979. Newly divorced after twenty-eight years of marriage, it pretty much was her first date. She shifted her bra to lift her breasts where she thought they should be, but gravity turned out to be stronger than expensive Victoria’s Secret technology. She turned her back to the mirror and threw a glance over her shoulder; fingers crossed the stone-studded pockets complimented her tush.
She sighed. Pushing fifty, her body didn’t fit the twenty-year-old image in her mind. The full-length mirror was the only one bold enough to confront her with the truth. She applied her lipstick, perhaps too red for her age but she wore it anyway.
Kendra slid into her red cowboy boots. (Red made her feel vibrant. Her friends called it the “red attitude.”) She grabbed her keys and hummed a country tune as she headed to her car. Ten minutes later, she pulled into Mr. Lucky’s parking lot. She strutted through the barn doors and saw Brad waiting inside.
“Wow, you look beautiful.”
“And you look great, too. New shirt?”
He sucked his belly in, but it still hid the top of his belt buckle. He grinned. “I bought it just for tonight.” Brad held his elbow out in a dramatic gesture. “Would the most gorgeous woman in the house like to join me in the Tush Push?”
Kendra saw the line dance in full swing when she looked over his shoulder. She slid her arm through his elbow. “Come on, my two-stepping prince. Let’s show ‘em how it’s done!”
He gave her a twirl. In that moment, she felt better than twenty-one.
This story might be a little corny, but it has some truth for me. Sometimes I forget that youth isn’t reflected in the mirror. It isn’t until I let go of how I look (or rather, how differently I look than I did twenty years ago) that I’m able to feel free and happy. (Oh, and I love red, but don’t wear red lipstick :))
This is also my response to Trifecta’s weekly writing prompt, which is to write a 33 to 333 word piece using the following word/definition: TUSH: buttocks (slang)
Remember, the challenge is open to anyone, so if you’re so inspired, please write your own response and link it up on Trifecta’s site!
Thanks so much for reading. Have a beautiful week!!