“How do you do?” says the wrinkled old white-haired lady in the mirror. We met for the first time today. We also met for the first time yesterday morning. And the morning before that. I know, I know, it’s just that I cannot believe my eyes. Her eyes. What is she doing in my mirror, my room, my house? Why is she trying to be nice to me? How am I supposed to respond to this greeting? I know, I know. The correct formal response is to say “How do you do?” because this is our first meeting. Again. We don’t know each other from Adam. Or Eve.
I suppose I could respond with “It’s a pleasure to meet you” but I know that she’ll know that I’m lying through my teeth. I know that she knows that I know she’s an impostor. I’d rather not have her in my mirror, my room, my house. Where did I disappear to? This must be what they refer to as an out-of-body experience.
I take my new pair of skinny blue jeans from the railing and watch her stand first on one leg and then the other, tugging and pulling at the tight-fitting pants legs. “How do you do that?” I ask, fascinated. I know that balancing on one leg at her advanced age is no mean feat. Then I watch her bending down – bending down low – and putting on white sneakers, still managing that one-legged balancing act. Amazing. And then – can you believe this level of audacity? – she picks up my new roll-neck sweater and put it on, easily raising her arms up high to pull the garment over her head.
That was a class act, I’ll admit that much.
Then I pick up the eye-poker and offer it to her in the mirror. “How about a little mascara then?” I ask, and watch her walk out of the mirror and off stage. Yeah! Some things are just about near impossible, even life-threatening, at that age.
I can’t help smirking a little when I start humming those famous lyrics from the well-known song by Roxette:
"How do you do the things that you do? No one I know could ever keep up with you How do you do?"
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