It happened a few years ago. To me, I thought I looked exactly like I’ve always looked. Until I went to the DMV to renew my license. The process has changed, thanks to digital photography, you can now preview your picture to see if you like it. I don’t know about you but when I go to renew my license I work hard to look good, the pictures are always horrible so I try to make them a little less so, it never works but I’m hopeful!
So I go to the DMV. I’m pleasantly surprised that it only take minutes instead of the usual hours and then I’m getting my picture taken. It must have been "take your grandpa to work" day because the gentleman who took my picture was at least 80. He was also one of the kindest people ever, he called me young lady several times which made me want to put him in my will except I realized he probably didn’t want my thimble collection.
I’m smiling like a goon because he is making me laugh and he takes the picture and turns the monitor my way so I can see it.
“ What do you think, young lady, do you want me to take another one or will you keep this one.”
I looked at the picture. In stunned silence.
“Why is there a picture of a middle aged woman on my drivers license?”
Grandpa laughed pretty hard at that and said we could take it again. I declined and left DMV, sure it was the camera they used. All drivers license pictures look like crap.
But it kept happening, every picture I thought I was in, suddenly there was a middle aged woman taking my place. In Mo's birthday pictures, in pictures with my sisters, Ivy, my online dating pictures.
Who is she and why is she stalking me? What does she want? My job, my car, my kid, my thimble collection?
I was starting to get concerned until I realized it's just a trick of the light and the camera. When I look in the mirror I look exactly the same as I did when I was twenty-five. They say the camera adds ten pounds, well I want to tell you even worse than that, it adds fifteen years!