The other day I was sitting at work, minding my own business when my friend Kim complimented me. At least I think it was a compliment. She said, “Jane your eyelashes look great for your age. You still even have your lower lashes.”

I thanked her. I think I was supposed to be flattered but it made me wonder if I was so old that my eyelashes should have worn out or fallen off by now.

Personally, I’m surprised they haven’t. They have managed to withstand more than four and a half decades of being curled, crimped and even cut.

Yes,I actually cut my eyelashes once to see if they would grow back even longer. I don’t know if they did or not but I can’t help but wonder about the fact that I neglected to see a major flaw in that little experiment. Like, what if they didn’t grow back at all and I was stuck with stubs!

Recently I read that when you were over the age of 50 you should never wear mascara on your lower lashes.

Can I just say that looks plain stupid, I know, I tried it. The article also said that you should apply one extra coat of mascara for every five years after 40. (You may wonder if I read every little age defying hint that crosses my line of vision. YES)

By the time I’m eighty, my lashes will be so heavy not only will I not be able to hold my eyes open but my head will hang down so low I’ll have a hump back.

I don’t know if there is a statue of limitations on the life of lashes but I do know that, at this point in my life, there is nothing I hate more than taking off my mascara. It’s never been the pinnacle of excitement in my day, but after over 40 years of scraping it off my face every night—I’m done!

I tried substituting eyeliner and just using eye shadow but my eyes still disappear without the magic mascara. Do I still need to care? I tell myself yes because to say no would be admitting something I don’t want to admit—but every day.

At one time in my life, I would lie in bed every morning and review the activities of the day to decide on my wardrobe. Now, I evaluate my day and decide whether it is mascara worthy or not.

So now—you know. If you see me with mascara on it’s there to impress you. You are mascara worthy. The plumber, however, is not.


Anonymous said...

You make me laugh....I think you lashes are perfect! Love you Jane

Connie said...

I love the whole 'mascara worthy' events of the day. I am the same way, if I am not going anywhere then the mascara doesn't even make it out of the drawer.

Love the way you think my friend!

Rebecca said...

Hahaha, this is so funny! If I ever meet you in real life, I'm going to automatically, without thinking, check to see if you're wearing mascara!

Jenica said...

I just got eyelash extensions last year and now i'm addicted to them! they glue each individual lash onto your real lashes and last about a month before you need a fill. they can add on thicker lashes so you don't need's wonderful!

kbrebes said...

I can't even get myself to take the time to go in for a fill on my nails, and now there's eyelash fills? I need a de-fill on my Relief Society wings. Can I pleeaase go get that?

Jane Isfeld Still said...

LOL everyone. OK Jenica you are spoiled girl yup s-p-o-i-l-e-d and you have too much time. LOL OF course you are saving mascara application time. HMMM I would probably look like I had butterflies attached. :)

Renae W. Mackley said...

Maybe I'm just as funny as you are because I judge my day by mascara worthiness too! Thanks for making me smile.

Jane Isfeld Still said...

Thank you all so much for commenting. It makes it all worthwhile. You are very kind. :)

kbrebes said...

Dear Jane,

I'm so very sorry to hear about the passing of your father. I just want you to know that I'm thinking about you and keeping you in my heart.

My biggest hug to you today.

Jane Isfeld Still said...

Thanks you so much. It was a great funeral and I gave the eulogy.

kbrebes said...

I'm still thinking of you. May I read the eulogy? If so, my email is

Take Care.


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