crinkles

     Clare said to me recently, “Mom, how did that man get such big crinkles on his face?”  I said, “They’re called wrinkles, and they came with age.”  She replied, “Oh, so does that mean that you are getting some age too?  Because you have little crinkles all over your face!”
     I considered being sad, astonished or disappointed, but really, I like getting older.  I like feeling more established.  Being young was stressful for me: I did not know what I thought, and was always reconsidering everything I believed, and I just did not feel comfortable in my own skin.  Now, I still have many outstanding questions that I typically reflect on, but I am settling into my own skin–obviously, since crinkles are appearing!