Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Blown Up out of All Follicular Proportion

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Blown Up out of All Follicular Proportion

Article excerpt

I WENT to visit my sister recently.

We did sisterly things -- a cup of tea and a bit of a chat.

We decided to go out for lunch. I stood and talked to her while she got ready.

All of a sudden she said, "Look at yourself in this."

Those words were more cruel than you could ever imagine.

I was lulled into a false sense of security that my sister would never do anything to harm me. Well let me tell you, this was probably the worst thing she has ever done to me.

As I peered at myself in a rather boring looking mirror... what did I see? My 86- year-old mother staring back at me and, boy, had she got hairy.

It was a magnifying mirror. Now, if I had known that, I would not have looked. I'm 54 years old and thought my skin was better than average.

Of course, the face I was looking at was mine and not my mother's. …

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