The magnolia tree outside my window has several buds that look like they’re about to bloom. It doesn’t look right. The tree already flowered in the Spring. I wondered what happens to a tree that blooms out of season.
Last night, my husband and I went out to dinner to celebrate a victory he’d had at work. I got up to go to the bathroom, and when I looked in the ladies’ room mirror, I noticed how yellow my teeth had gotten. I thought, my child will only know my teeth as yellow. He’ll never know I once had white teeth, and dark brown hair — without gray streaks — and boobs that stood upright. He’ll point to my face and say, “Mommy, what’s that?” as he stares at the brown age spot that’s developed in front of my right ear. And I’ll think, this is what happens when you bloom out of season.