MLMM Tale Weaver — The Man in the Mirror

D09CF2F4-4B43-40CE-9CDC-15075A85A8D5It was always a bit of a shock to Charlie when he looked at his reflection in the bathroom mirror each morning. “Who is that?” he’d wonder. “Who’s that old fart looking back at me? That’s not me. I’m in my prime. How did that old man get inside my bathroom mirror?”

Charlie felt as if he wasn’t looking at his reflection in that mirror, but at a Dorian Gray-like picture. “Only it is me,” he realized. “It’s not my painting that has aged.”

In Charlie’s mind, he was no older than he was when he was a younger man. He didn’t really feel any older, save for a few more aches and pains, perhaps. It just didn’t seem to him that he’d been alive any longer now than when he was in his twenties or thirties. And in his dreams, Charlie was always way younger than he actually was. And smarter. And better looking, too.

But then the cold, hard reality hits him when he steps into the bathroom, splashes water on his face, and looks at his reflection in the mirror.

Seriously, where did Charlie go? What happen to that luxurious head of wavy brown hair he used to have? What’s with the random little hairs growing out of his ears? His nose? When did all those lines and wrinkles appear?

Charlie knew that the old man he saw in the bathroom mirror was him. But that image staring back at him didn’t define who he really was — on the inside, anyway. It merely reflected how long he’d been at it.

“And dammit,” Charlie would say to himself, “I’m still young at heart.”


Written for this week’s Tale Weaver prompt from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie. We are tasked with weaving a tale dealing with the subject of aging.46DBBC97-D140-48D0-AD4A-4E83B9FEF318 Above image from Google Images and labeled for re-use.

Image at the top of this post by Vergyl.

10 thoughts on “MLMM Tale Weaver — The Man in the Mirror

  1. newepicauthor March 15, 2018 / 6:03 am

    It is probably just a defective mirror as Charlie never seemed like an old fart to me.

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    • cagedunn March 15, 2018 / 1:21 pm

      Don’t put the glasses on and the lines are less sharp and defined – looks much better.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Fandango March 15, 2018 / 1:46 pm

        Also, rubbing a light coating of Vaseline all over the mirror has a nice effect. Hides a lot of the flaws!

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  2. Michael March 15, 2018 / 5:31 pm

    being young at heart is the way to go, good for you I say…..I think who we see in the mirror is an issue we all face. I know I do. Thanks for adding to the Tale weaver this week.

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