In my teeth.
After years and years of painful and humiliating metal contraptions and wires. Five years, to be exact.
(Congratulations. You are now looking at the most embarrassing picture of me ever to appear on the internets).
After so many years of braces and weird retainers and a headgear, it was horrifying to get those braces off and find my teeth immediately separating back toward their original spots.
The Gap Before braces:
The Gap That Is There Now:
The black gap, post braces, started as just a slight narrow slit, but when it continued to grow and grow, I had no way of knowing if it would ever stop. Whenever I saw the gap I imagined an eventual inch-wide chasm, so I hated the gap in my teeth until last year when I realized my teeth seemed to have found the happy place they were looking for and havenâ€™t marched ahead in their east and west treks in a few years.
So now that the nightmares of a huge hole into which a dentist tries to insert an extra fake tooth have stopped, I finally like the gap in my teeth. I think itâ€™s kind of cute and itâ€™s different. I like different. A lot. As long as itâ€™s not hideous.
So it occurred to me the other day to also like the new jagged splotch-line in my forehead that stretches from the center of my hairline under my bangs and reaches down into my eye brow.
I guess it developed as a result of my living in the skin cancer capitol of the world: sunny Arizona. Or perhaps itâ€™s because I was a teen of the 80â€™s when all that mattered to us was super tan skin and foundation makeup in a layer so thick you could scratch your name into it.
That jagged splotch-line? Itâ€™s now my Harry Potter lightening scar. It means I have special powers.
Now if I can just find some positive association to the other dark splotch that is surfacing above my lip.
Can you see it there? Iâ€™m thanking Mary Kay Cosmetics and their Even Complexion Essence for helping me to minimize this one because Iâ€™m having a bit of a harder time finding a reason to like a dark upper lip. Seriously. Of all places to get darker skin pigmentation as I age, did it really have to surface above my lip? Come onâ€¦