Monday, May 17, 2010

Aging in Vienna

We needed a headshot for a Segullah interview and came up with this. As usual, we are dressed exactly alike, blue and khaki. I wish my collar covered my sagging, wrinkled neck as well as Tom's covers his, but "Oh vel."

This might be the time to mention that Tom and I are shrinking at the same rate, which means I'm shrinking faster, because I'm younger than he is. We have both lost an inch and a half over the last decade. My ankle surgery may have put me on speed shrink, since one leg is now an inch shorter than the other, but I try to stand on the tall leg when Dr. Westermann's nurse, Laura, measures me. Frankly, I think Laura is reading the measurement from her low height--she is shorter than we are--and is getting it WRONG. Or she might have height envy. Some people do.

Sam, my youngest son, said she miss measured him by inches. He claims to be six foot, two inches. She said he was five, eleven or something. See, I think Laura has issues. Not me. Not Tom. Not Sam. LAURA HAS ISSUES.

I haven't been five, eight since seventh grade.

I hope I'm not moving backwards. That would mean I'd have to eat at Chuckie Cheeses again.
And go to the Golden Green Ball at age 12 with Link Bailey and dance in one large circle with my elbow folded in awkwardly on his shoulder, mashing my corsage. Junior Gold and Green Ball for ages 12 and 13. We danced cheek to cheek in 1954.

I must be standing on my short leg in the photo. Look How much shorter than Tom I am. I should only be a half inch shorter than he.

My gosh, I'm melting. I'm melting!


9 comments:

Rachel said...

Even your hair matches.

BBB said...

It's just that you lost a little height leaning in closer to him. No worries.

Richardson's B.L.A.H.S. said...

That's a great picture of the two of you! Vienna obviously agrees with you! Maybe you have a case of Benjamin Button. The cool thing about it would be that you end up as an orgasm. What a great way to end life!!

mar said...

You already mentioned how food comes in smaller packages in Vienna. It could just be Vienna. When I look at the pictures of me in Vienna, I am much smaller... of course that was 10 years ago, before I had 3 children...

Katy said...

You could be models for the Gap. The two of you look marvelous!

Ann said...

Tom and Louise forever!

Jason Merrell said...

Look at you two rock stars. Beh neh neh naaaoow!

twebsterarmstrong said...

I don't know you, but I sure get a kick out of your blog!

Bonnie Tonita White said...

Louise can you teach me how to lighten up and enjoy getting older, shorter, emptier in the nest like you so obviously do.