Year VI: Ar’ba [The painful truth]

October 20, 2015 at 6:22 am 8 comments

In the words of my [younger] alter-ego:

But there were things I have neglected saying these past year and a half. Things that went to sleep with me and got out of bed in the morning with me. Things that I read in the air every time I stood naked in front of my mirror. Fears I gotta face every time I pulled my lips down to examine my teeth whose gums seem to be receding a tiny bit further from too much twig brushing with a mix of salt and charcoal when young. Bags that show up under my eyes every morning I slept badly, making me – in the word of Garett – ‘look tired’; which Donna said was another way of saying ‘you look like shit’. That I was fast approaching that fateful number 35; where I will transition from one age group [young, 18-34] to another [Middle-age, 35-death]. An age-group I would become the target audience of age-defying skin-care creams, under-eye firming serums and AARP junk-mails. Where my doctor would use words like “women in your age group” before she suggests that I start thinking of mammograms, yearly examinations and my 401K plans. That these were the few precious years before I hit menopause where my skin is still tight, my breasts still perky and my sexuality supposedly reaches its highest peak. An age where I can at least freeze my eggs, even if no one would take them if I donated them [29 is the cutting point] and where a guy should “shit or get off the pot” while I still have a chance.

In the words of someone much more talented:

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  • 1. andthree  |  November 1, 2015 at 4:48 am

    እንኳን አሻገረሽ, አበሺት! ለካ የአብዮቱ እኩያ ኖረሻልና?! Just trying to put things in perspective 🙂

    A Debebe Seifu poem that I recently heard on the radio:

    ጊዜ በረርክ በረርክ
    ጊዜ በረርክ በረርክ
    ግና ምን አተረፍክ
    ግና ምን አጎደልክ?
    ሞትን አላሸነፍክ
    ሕይወትን አልገደልክ::

  • 2. abesheet  |  November 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Thank you, anndye, for both the well wishes and checking on me. Added a little more from something I have been working on, just for you. 🙂

  • 3. Laila  |  November 2, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    brushing teeth with charcoal brings an eerie memories in one Abesheet. ha ha.

  • 4. abesheet  |  November 2, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Min eerie memory bicha, ehitalem. Mine has destroyed my enamel and left my teeth looking like yeshiro atir – which is quite common in Ethiopia but not here where everybody seems to possess “hacha beredo” yemesele tirrs. Kills me how I was the only member of the family with a nice, white and “kirkim yale” teeth but.. noooo… I have to keep on mefaking it even after repeated warnings [by those who were older and knew better] that I may actually be damaging it. [Feared “yeAff teren” like nobody’s business]. Where is a time machine, when you need one, to go back and slap the black-off your younger self, huh?

    [Which reminds me: subscribe to Hulu and watch “Everybody Hates Chris”. The more I live in America, the more I miss that show]

  • 5. andthree  |  November 3, 2015 at 5:48 am

    I feel honored 😀

    Of course I am going to check on you. አርአያ አርገን ከምናያቸው አንጋፋ: ቀደምት : ፈር ቀዳጅ… ጦማርያን መሃል አይደለሽ እንዴ?! Ok, that was not intended to make you feel old.

    Loved “Middle-Age, 35 – death”

    Gin mechem 40 yerasu perk saynorew ayqerim meselegne. ልብ የሚገኘው በ፵ ዓመት ምናምን ይባል የለ እንዴ? And how about putting a positive spin on things? All of the stuff you can no longer be or do, how about we say that it’s beneath you?

    Freeze your eggs?! Even China is revising the one child policy and you are still sticking to your guns with your no child policy? Ere tey tey, and enkuan? 🙂 Children are I guess your way of telling the universe “I was here”, sort of like writing on the bark of trees.
    It’s either that, or you write a book. I hope that was an excerpt from a book. Berchi.

    ሁሉም ነገር እኮ ከኛ ሀገር ነው የተወሰደው! 😀 They now give it a fancy name, activated charcoal, and use it for the same purpose.

    P.S. I can’t see how the “beneath you” thing is going to work for the changes in physical appearance and sexuality. Perhaps in the sense that 10, 20 and 30 are beneath 40 (35). Silezih “Ain’t that a bitch!” በሚለው እንዲስተካከልልኝ በትህትና እጠይቃለሁ::

  • 6. abesheet  |  November 3, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Yes. It was taken from a story/book I have been working on and was supposed to be a comment/an observation on America’s “youth-worshipping” [culture]. With regards to my “no child” policy, I am afraid I haven’t had any reason to make me want to revise it. On the event that I did, however, I promise to go out, cease the “cherQ” of the first guy I came across and beg him to give me sperm or give me death. :-). Beterfe.. selam ensenbit.

  • 7. andthree  |  November 3, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Men beware! 😀 Amen, beselam ensenbit

  • 8. Chuchu  |  February 16, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Abesheetye yene enat.. ayzon. Eyeteyayen.. eyetegagezin enwetawalen. That is why we live longer, because women are the only onea who mature with age 😆. Betrefe musikaw hod yababal. Listened to it like 20 times already. Please bik eyalsh tell us how you are doing. I miss you and your wonderful memoires.

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