Shadow Woman

 She wore a

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 and

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outfit, loads of

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jewellery and

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 , her

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teased and sprayed. 

She has

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.  She is

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  …  “

IMG_20151008_175447 lady,” I chirped.  “You look

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.  Just

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.”

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,” she cooed.  “

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for keeping

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Have you

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?”   I gave her a hug. “

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, Cherie.”

 She has

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of

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. The  pouty

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-type

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of

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.  It’s

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on a

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evening in the summer. This is my friend Cherie. She turns eighty next year.

Eighty!

 “You have to be friendly with your mirror,”

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, tapping on the restaurant table with pearl-tipped fingers.

 Her voice was silver-screen husky.

 

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to say,

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 is full of

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,” he snorted. “ It’s a

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.  Before you

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 it’s

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, and taken

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.  And

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?

_20150619_112752.  Do you like what you see?  You stare and say, ‘What have you done to me?’”

Her

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 , resumed his perusal of the menu.  Not in a

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today!  He’s a

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sometimes.

She was more than

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He couldn’t

_20150701_144738her

_20150630_173341.  “

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. That is why you have to be friendly, so you are comfortable with what you see.  See?”

He rolled his eyes and began, in

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French, to discuss

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I remembered my find that morning.  The blue card tucked into the door of the  ladies’ room in a Montreal public building.  Here it is –

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, it declared.  You are magnificent…

An advertising gimmick, with the name and address of a professional photographer on the reverse.

My initial reaction: I am?

I looked at Cherie.

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.  She lives it.  This is exactly how she feels  inside –

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. (

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“Cherie,

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,” I gushed.  “Just look at

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like this!  I

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You have a

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presence.

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, you know. It makes you

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younger than you are.”

 She grew

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. “

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.   You can’t

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.  That’s exactly what life is.

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, I thought I would be young

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Didn’t we all?


_20150708_014011we were young and in love?”  She smiled at Daniel.  He grunted. 

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 It’s

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, and you’re living with

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, you know, by the map of time on my person.”  She touched her cheek. You can’t

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the lines away  like

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with a

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. When age hits,

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.  There’s no annual

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or

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to protect you from the inevitable. ” 

 “So

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 the secret  to staying

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 and beautiful, Cherie?”

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.  So does youth.  There are

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 …”

 “Tell me.” 

She took

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out of her

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(My friend  has an incurable

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.)

“The

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never lasts long and

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 don’t work,

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this is what 

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You’ve

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 aware.  Learn  

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 .”

Smoke signals and drowning –  what a

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way  of putting it …

 She reached for a

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 of

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. “We can all feel like

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,” she said.

 “We can?”

“Yes!

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 with the passage of time, my dear.”   She looked down at the

IMG_20150829_095926 on her dessert plate and grinned.  “It can be delicious!

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.  Find

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reality.

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 dry up and shrivel away,

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have to. I refuse to turn into a

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.  I will not fade away into a

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.  That would be a

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, I think!

Yes, Cherie, it would …

It’s

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IMG_20150921_181458,” she cooed.  “You can do it.”

“Come on Cherie, it’s 

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.” 

IMG_20151008_174614dear, you can

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!”

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.   Tell me how.  I

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a

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 journey into time.” 

She took a sip of water.  “

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approach it.  

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.  If you are

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, tell yourself, ‘

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, but if you

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 .  Remember,

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on the stage of your life. It’s up to me to make

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years the best

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You have to experience the

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of living in

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and

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, do your best to

IMG_20151008_165543the rickety mindset.  Make it

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 to waste on such things. You have to discipline your mind.  It’s like

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Savour them all. 

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.  There’s a right way and a

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to approach life. 

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You make the 

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.”

“Really?”

She was emphatic. “Really! 

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 , but certainly better. 

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 are the full-blown ones, darling.”

 I have

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I

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of her

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optimism.  This woman is a

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.  My

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.  I’m

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Cherie resumed her monologue. “

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,

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Don’t dwell on the

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Make an effort to

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 if you have to!”

 Dance? Yes! Maybe not on the table, though …

” Oh, and

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 ?” I quipped.

 She laughed.  

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faith. 

 

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 I

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.  I

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_20150628_234055.” Her hand went to her heart.  “

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, you know. Right here.”

 This is

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 There’s

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in her words … 

IMG_20151006_223839, Cherie!” I applauded.  ” It’s simply

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 , you know. You

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!”

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She purred.  ” 

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!”  (IMG_20150801_200453

 – honest!)

“My goodness, Cherie, you’ve

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,” I protested.

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for saying that! 

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the numbers. You make

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to

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your body’s age.

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and live there!

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in advance for

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 the way you hope.   Life

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 …”

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, can it ever?

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 the half of it, Cherie …

“ No matter what, choose to believe that

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.  Choose to

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 comes at the 

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 that your body may be going  

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, but never let it

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or

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, but 

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, okay darling?”

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             …

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 ,” she went on. “ I

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Actually,

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       IMG_20150921_182824 . Suddenly I want to pick up my feet and

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. I feel like

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a

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 down the aisles.

  “You can’t

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 like you, Cherie,” I said. “And

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 – every single one.” 

“Oh,

_20150614_121512, I’m not

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,” she replied. “I have my

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moments.

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 might fluctuate.”

 “Cherie, no one is perfect …”

” 

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,” she beamed.  “Once you alter your way of thinking, you find you’re

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 can be wonderful.  I aim to

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 who never grew old!” 

This

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 . The power of positive aging.  Could this be

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 The

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of

_20150615_171626

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 . This is

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to combat the effects of the saggy

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and  the

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Flaunt the smile, wear the

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with grace!

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, so  when the time comes,

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)


 

  I looked at my list of

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(1) IMG_20150926_091454

 (2) IMG_20150926_091524

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 I grabbed a pen and wrote another list –

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_20150701_134804 Keep IMG_20150920_105310

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IMG_20150925_210404from within.

Write more

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Hang on to the

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.  Have

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.  This is where you begin _20150701_155304

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 And

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_20150530_102512–  a

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 May

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I’m

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sincerely


 

 

 

 

All the pictures in this post are digital moments captured on the author’s smartphone.

 

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