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MAYBE THEY'D MAKE SOME OF US FEEL A LOT BETTER

Awhile back I wrote a humorous little piece on those "talking urinal cakes" in New Mexico. It must have caused a smile or two because a copy I sent to the Times Picayune was published on February 20, several people mentioned they'd seen or or heard people talking about it, and someone from San Diego even wrote me a letter about it.

It gave me the idea of talking mirrors, like in "Sleeping Beauty" but with a little more tact.

I don't know about you but when I brush my teeth in the morning, especially after a rough bout with reflex during the night, or one of my regular bouts with insomnia, I often look at the fellow in the mirror and say, "Who the heck are you?"

Photographs are like that too. I generally take terrible pictures, or so I have always thought. Maybe they are actually good pictures and I'm just a sight to see.

I always preferred talking pictures of scenery or kids because, well, they all seem so naturally beautiful each in their own way. Adults, unless you sometimes catch them unawares, tend to be stiff and looking uneasy. Kids can too when you first point at them and so I used to pretend I was taking pictures of them "as a warm up" (had to buy film in those days) and then really take them after they'd begun to relax.

Thinking of that got me into the talking mirror thing. I don't care how nice someone looks, they always seem to make the saddest faces in the mirror. Now, I know some of us are a little more challenged than others, but my niece N was always beautiful, and she would always look at herself and say how awful she looked.

I'd sneak behind her and look in the mirror and say, "Oh, yeah ... I see what you mean. That girl looks so sad! Then I'd tickle her or make a face to make her laugh and then say, "Aww, you see? Look how cute that girl is."

EDIT: Funny thing ... my niece N just stopped by for directions to a job she's doing near UNO. Traffic's held up her regular way due to a terrible accident, but I gave her a quicker route anyway. She can't read maps and is lost when she goes into certain areas of the city. I happen to think she's still beautiful.

So, do you think my talking mirror is a good idea? A pleasant voice to make you laugh or put a smile on your face. Maybe remind you of your blessings, like someone who really thinks you're cute and says so. Say something like, "You've still got it babe!" I think everyone looks much nicer when they're happy. I hope that I put a smile on your face occasionally, and ... oh, I happen to think you're awfully cute myself.

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What is love?
Five feet of Heaven and a ponytail
The cutest ponytail
That sway's with a wiggle when she walks
What is love?
Five feet of heaven and the bluest eyes
And what a pretty smile
that shows you a dimple when she talks


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theresaboo
Mar. 19th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
I would buy it...
I always say to Brandon "Say something nice". Everyone should receive a compliment or two. I suffer from self-esteem so low that when I say I look good, I don't believe myself. hehehe Have a Good day!
metaphorsbwithu
Mar. 19th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
Re: I would buy it...
*tickle* *tickle*

See?

Have a good day yourself, Theresa. :-)
punkin_bread
Mar. 20th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
Hey P thanks for the kind words. They are still not true though. Also thanks for the directions. It was much faster than going all the way around.
metaphorsbwithu
Mar. 20th, 2007 05:45 am (UTC)
You're welcome Pip. And you couldn't be more wrong.
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