I would write “Mused While Shaving” as Harlan Miller titled his column sometimes. But I am a woman and I don’t shave.
He was the columnist for the Des Moines Register I read often when I was in high school….
I was looking in the mirror while creaming my face and I was thinking about the yearling baby picture I stuck on the corner of the poem “Iowa Child” by Sarah Hall Mancy, which hangs near my computer desk.
As I tried to smooth out the wrinkles, I tried to grasp the reality that this was the very same face that appears in my baby photo. I can’t.