As my birthday is about to descend upon me tomorrow, yesterday I attended at motor vehicle licensing to renew my drivers licence. I had to turn in my drivers licence with it’s five year old photo which five years ago I thought was a very poor photo but which now I feel is quite flattering. A new photo was taken. I can handle looking old and unattractive but the photo made me look simple. I asked for a retake. The second photo made me look a little less simple. I know that in five years I will think my new photo is a good one but at this point I am lamenting the ravages of aging. There is nothing like looking at your new driver’s licence photo to make you realize that you should be very nice to your spouse, since you have no options.
As a result I have changed my profile to the photograph that the Village of Harrison Hot Springs had taken five months ago when I was elected to council. This photo is one of the most flattering that I have had for some time. It has been touched up. I have less wrinkles, less gray and more hair. I have decided that it will be my obituary photo. Even though I am saving it for that purpose and don’t want to overuse it at this point I thought that it would help me get over my new drivers licence photo.
Now I understand why older people drive so slowly. They are petrified of being pulled over for speeding and having to produce their driver’s licence photo.
Photo by Pamela Palmer