“I will always love you” but not your face

July 6, 2010 at 2:34 pm 10 comments

Doesn’t seem that long ago that I was a 19-year old with pert boobies, an hourglass figure, and a peaches-n-cream complexion.  I remember thinking I was “blessed” with good genes and that I’d never look old.  Over the years, I’ve figured out that I didn’t know much when I was 19.  Or 29.  Or 39.

Now in my early 50s, I’m not nuts about the changes in my body.  Sure, some of the issues are my own damn fault, but some are just plain aging.  Many of my wrinkles are because I’m a sun worshipper—something I freely admit.  And I’ll also admit to entertaining the idea of having them fixed.  Not that I would really pay somebody to “iron out” my face or that I’d actually endure the pain that I imagine goes along with de-wrinkling. But I had thought about… until last night.

I was channel surfing and saw one of my favorite women: Dolly Parton.  Ewwwwwww. Have you seen her lately?  I’ve heard her say in previous interviews that she has had plastic surgery, and I thought she looked great.  But something has evidently happened—either as a result of one too many knives OR an unskilled knife operator—and she looks so “UN-Dolly-ish” now.

I will always love listening to her sing “I will always love you” but I don’t think I will love her face any more. And I’ll just live with my wrinkles, thank you very much. I may not have known much when I was 19 or 29 or 39, but I know NOW that I’d rather look old then icky. 

Entry filed under: Aging gracefully.

The “Change” This chaps my hiney

10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. MaryAnn  |  July 6, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    She does look different. I think I’ll just keep my wrinkles.

  • 2. Karen  |  July 6, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    me too!!!

  • 3. Rollie  |  July 6, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Kenny Rogers isnt what he used to be either… Or Joan Rivers.

    Too much messing with mother nature, I guess.

    While that young hot bodied 19 yr old across the street may be fun to look at and wish for, I wouldnt trade my 53 year old on her for at leats another 50 years.

  • 4. Rita  |  July 6, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Rollie, this doesn’t surprise me about you. Your wife caught a “keeper” when you came along. 🙂

  • 5. lori  |  July 6, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Oh dear.
    Too many tuck and rolls I’m afraid.
    Not a plastic surgery expert but there comes a time when if the lift gives you slanty eyes you just shouldn’t do it.
    Kathy Lee Gifford should have quit three lifts ago.
    So should have Joan Rivers.

    Actually I am kind of proud of my wrinkles…I earned each and every one of them! They’re kind of topography map of my life…

  • 6. Rita  |  July 6, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    MaryAnn, Karen, and Lori:
    Let’s all just agree to grow old together…and we’ll be beautiful just the way we are!

  • 7. Mooch  |  July 6, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Miss RiRi..I think you look great! You will always be the best! Don’t Mess with something that is great already!

  • 8. Rita  |  July 7, 2010 at 5:45 am

    Mooch, didn’t you just get new glasses? HA! HA!
    Seriously, though, I know that what’s on the inside is more important than what’s on the inside. But still….

  • 9. Kathy  |  July 7, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Amen Sister!!!!!!!

  • 10. Mush  |  January 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Looks like she pulled the strings too tight!!! I’ll keep my wrinkles thanks.


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