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Spiders And Other Veins
by Marjorie Dorfman

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I once saw a lovely woman in shorts with beautiful, shapely legs walking in an outdoor flea market in New York City. Nothing wrong with that, you say. Well, varicose AND spider veins took up her entire legs, from thigh to ankle. Still, she bravely went about her business. I never forgot her. She was absolutely right. After all, it’s really only attitude that we are talking about here. She walked in beauty with her head held high and thus she was.

If there is a moral anywhere, I have no idea what it is. I suppose it could be to learn to live with non-lethal things and maybe make friends with them. Don’t sweat the small veins. They do bother me, but as I said before, leprosy would bother me a lot more. Cover them up and wear dark glasses in the shower. The lights are off for most of the night so that covers at least one third of anyone’s normal day. Talk to them. Reason with them. They will still be there afterwards. It’s like that when we fall in love in vein.

Spider veins will never not be. I cannot let mine be either and therein lies the dilemma. They do seem to run in families, but unfortunately, they never run away from families either as a result of amnesia or to establish new identities. My mother had them and so do other family members whose names I’d rather not mention because they are innocent. Its better than inheriting leprosy, but that’s still little consolation when you want to wear a pair of shorts and are afraid of what the sight of your legs in public might cause. Of course, in all honesty, who really cares?



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"Age - something that doesn't matter unless you are a cheese."
. . . Billie Burke Ziegfeld, 1884-1970

"No man is ever old enough to know better."
. . . Holbrook Jackson, Ladies Home Journal, 1950


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