My grandmother has told me that she’s always surprised when she looks at the mirror. She says that in her own mind, she’s still the person she always was…dentist, mother of two, great friend, big laugh…and everything she catches a glimpse of herself at 86, she wonders when the time actually pass…when did the wrinkles and the gray hairs and the bend in her back actually get there? You don’t see those things happening over time, and regardless of what you might see in the mirror, in your heart you remain the person you alwasy were.
I grew up going to Catholic schools and one of the teachers told us there once that when you get to heaven (assuming you do – fingers crossed!), you’ll get to be in your best and most perfect form – for some people that’s usually younger, but she meant the feeling that you had when you felt your best, felt your healthiest and felt your happiest.
I think that’s why Tom Hussey’s photography work – showing elderly individuals looking at a mirror and seeing their own reflections of when they were younger looking back at them – moved me so much. Someone from my photography group shared it with you and I can’t get over the images – it’s that balance between creativity and nostalgia that completely draws me in…Even at my age now, I’m also surprised a bit with what’s in the mirror, but I know that there is still so much more to come.