bad rubbish [good riddance]

Posted: November 30, 2018 in christine higdon
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It’s complicated. We’ve been in a love/hate relationship since I was sixteen. We try it on. It works for a while. Then. Well. You know. It feels like it’s over. A few months later, we’re back at it again. Two or three weeks pass. We’re doing it every morning and I’m starting to feel obligated. I find myself staring at my reflection in the mirror, questioning my sanity.

Hay fever season comes along. I can tell we’re heading for another breakup. I’m rubbing my eyes all the time and Maybelline tells me I look like a raccoon. I say, I’d like a little time to think. I go home by myself. It might be permanent this time.

But I dream weird dreams of Maybelline: Experts say: replace every two months. Two months! Aren’t these the sexiest eight dollars you’ve ever spent? I don’t think so. Are You Dreaming of Bold! Sensational! The False-Lashes Effect? Um. No. Do you understand the latest technique: sweep from the root to tip with a rotational or zig-zag motion? WTF. Rotational?

That’s the tipping point. Like it never happened, I know it’s over. Forever.

Only it’s not. Maybelline is omnipresent. I see that pink and green outfit everywhere. At the beach. In the café. Rolling down Yonge Street at two in the morning. That Maybelline is going to be around for another thousand years.

 

 

Christine Higdon  is the author of The Very Marrow of Our Bones. She lives in Mimico, Ontario, and is working on a collection of short stories and another novel. She has been shortlisted for the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize and her short stories have been published in The New Quarterly and Plenitude: Your Queer Literary Magazine.

 

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