Over lunch one day I told my daughter to work on demonstrating a happy face. “You don’t want your face to get stuck in a frown do you?” Another daughter challenged my assertion with disbelief that anyone’s face could get stuck in a frown. Not to be out done by a child, I explained that, no, not literally, but that when people live their lives unhappy and bitter, many times their faces look hard and angry when they grow old.
“Is that what happened to you?” my ten-year-old asked. I burst out laughing. I wondered, did she really see me as frowning all the time with a hard, bitter old face?
It was only after questioning her further that I realized she was talking about the time I got Bell’s Palsy! Yep, my frown indeed got stuck that way that time! The joke was on me!
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That was several years ago. She has an amazing memory. You never know what is in a kid’s mind.
Oh my! Mother used to tell me that too when I was in great school:
“You don’t want your face to get stuck in a frown do you?”
Shari Lynne says
That is so cute! Kids are so smart! The funny things we say to our kids always seem to come back to us!
Dr Momi says
Too funny! I’m still chuckling.
Kim @ Stuff could... says
This is funny!
Wow! That is hilarious yet thought provoking as well. I laughed when your daughter asked if that was what happened to you. Then, out of curiosity, I read your posts that linked to Bell’s Palsy. Again, Wow! That must have been very frightening. I’m glad to hear you survived and made it through.
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That’s cute. 🙂
I think of it this way: We’re going to either get smile lines or frown lines at some point in life, and smile lines are more attractive.
Phew! At least there was a real reason…hate to be seen as the ‘frown stuck’ Mom, although there are days when it feels like that sometimes!
Kids say the best things! And thanks for the reminder . . . my Mom used to say that as well!
Eschelle Westwood says
my mom always yelled about me about that: “your face will freeze like that forever!” “You’ll get crows feet if you keep rubbing your eyes like that!!!” “you’ll end up looking like your father if you smoke and drink too much!” etc.. etc..
I am a living testimony to that theory! I am not quite 35 yet and I have some deep creases between my eyes from being stressed out and furrowing my eyebrows! My mother warned me when I was young but I did not listen to her! Oh well it adds character!
Esther, I LOVE that picture of you and your daughter! You both are so beautiful… and there are definitely no hard, bitter frowny faces happening — inside or out!
Rach (DonutsMama) says
Oh too funny. But what a great way of explaining it to your kids.