The hair needs to look good. It helps to frame the face. My father used to call a woman’s hair her crowning glory. It reflects someone who clearly still cares for how they are in the world. Especially when it is firmly lacquered. Then we are more assured of permanence and consistency, personality and perseverance.
Teeth are the most important part of a smile. It also reveals someone who cares for themselves. The clean, the white, and the polished enhance and underscore our expressions, the way we connect and orally reach out to others. It makes that reaching out so pleasant and agreeable. It demonstrates confidence and assurance. It sometimes stops us in our tracks.
The hearing aid cleaned and battery replaced reflect our need to specifically respond to what is going on around us, to appear “with it,” and to maintain complex sarcasm and humor using the subtle nuances of language, therefore demonstrating intelligence and cleverness and a wonderful sense of humor.
Hair, teeth, and ears cemented, cleaned, and cleared— all firmly secured today.
To hell with the Reuben sandwich parts strewn across one’s lap. The slight leaking of the adult diaper, the momentary confusion of time and place, the frequent falling asleep, the uncontrollable trembling on her left side be damned. She’s 88 years worth of feeling good and all is right with the world.