WHAT’S UP WITH BODY IMAGE? COPYRIGHT, 2018, FRANCES METZMAN

So, you’re older now. What’s up with body image? A few more wrinkles, body parts going south? I overheard a man tell his wife to cover up her cleavage. He didn’t like to see wrinkly-skinned breasts. Well, this doofus had a pot belly and drooping jowls.

What we need to do is develop a healthy attitude toward this aging process and body image. Our bodies all start changing beginning around our 40s and the changes just keep on coming. We may exercise – which helps, eat healthfully – also helps. And it’s very good to participate in some athletic regimen; workouts, jogging or minimal athleticism such as bocce or pickle ball. It’s not only good for your body and mind but adds socialization as well. But we can’t nor should we worry about the progression of time.

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THE EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

 Copyright, 2018, The Early Bird Special, Frances Metzman

Cory stood on the balcony of her grandmother’s apartment in Miami Beach,Florida. She recalled how Ryan, her boyfriend of three years, had asked to come with along on the trip to visit her grandmother. Cory objected. When the time to leave came, he drove Cory to the airport and tense silence had rebounded between them. The pained look on Ryan’s face had forced her to look away.

She stared at the rust-crusted snow that had been plowed curbside on the streets of New York City. If Ryan had a temper tantrum it would have been easier to handle than his thick, suffocating silence. He dropped her off at the airport terminal with only a nod. 

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