‘You’re old, Mum!’
I was lying on my 16 year old son’s bed chatting about his GCSE’s last night, the bedside light shining in my face, when he suddenly said ‘You’re quite old, Mum. You have old lady lines and your neck is wrinkled!’ ‘Thanks’ I said, laughing but a bit surprised. ‘Its lovely Mum. Will my skin be like that when I’m 58?’ he asked, tenderly stroking my ‘old’ hands with his soft plump ones. My heart swelled. What he saw was my face – an older face – not resurfaced, plumped or filled. This is more than a light-hearted story of a son’s love for his mum; it is also an honouring of human beauty at all ages. We can teach our young ones to accept that age brings change and that they do not need to shy away from it. Simply by being ourselves.