I Am Naming My New Wrinkle Helen

Helen Mirren

I have a new wrinkle… a thin line running from one eyebrow to the other.  I suspect she formed in response to my frequent squinting, which was the unavoidable result of aging eyes still longing to enjoy fine print.  She is still a subtle element on my face, unlike the laugh lines that now remain firmly affixed even when I am sombre and utterly un-amused.

At the time of their development, I named my laugh lines Thelma and Louise in honour of their wild abandon.  Thelma and Louise announce my devilish wit to the world and proclaim that I laugh more than I frown.  This is a worthy accomplishment because in every woman’s life it is sometimes difficult to choose the former over the latter.  Although they have complicated the application of eye shadow, I have grown fond of Thelma and Louise and can no longer imagine my face without them.  How flat and charmless it would be without my ‘crinkles’.

I must admit that I am still on the fence when it comes to my new wrinkle.  Not sure if she adds character or just years.  She is a complicated creature, born not just from squinting but also from a lifetime of worrying, first about boys, then about jobs, money, children, and now aging.  She verifies the existence a side of myself that I generally prefer not to show the world… the part that thinks a bit too hard and cares a bit too deep.    But she’s a also a sign of intelligence.  Better to think too hard than not at all! 

I have decided to name my new wrinkle Helen, in honour of the accomplished actress Helen Mirren.   Ms Mirren is articulate, out-spoken, and unapologetic about her life choices.  And that is what I want my new wrinkle, Helen, to represent, at least to me.  To everyone else I suppose she will be just another line on a middle-aged face.



Author: Kim Scaravelli

I'm a content strategist and author of "Making Words Work: A Practical Guide To Writing Powerful Content." I'm bossy, but in a good way. And when I'm not kicking ass professionally, I wrangle a large, unruly family, and serve as butler to very demanding pets.

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    1. I think it’s like hurricanes. When I run out of ‘girl names’ I will have to shift gender. When that happens my plan is to go for sexy and begin flaunting my ‘Ryan Gosling’, ‘ Brad Pitt’, etc.


  1. I love that you name your wrinkles! btw if they ever get too many to find names for, you can always do what my kid suggested to my Mum-in-law – “You might look better if you fill in the cracks!” 😀


  2. I stumbled across your blog for the first time today and was very happy to find a post that made me giggle. I will think out a few names for my wrinkles too – I think I’ll start with Godzilla and King Kong for my laughter lines 🙂


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