She constantly refused to look into a mirror, any mirror.
It wasn’t because of vanity or due to failing eyesight.
She could see clearly, without eyeglasses, towards the end of her life.
It didn’t matter.
The reflection staring back was unrecognizable
That person, that old woman with gray hair and wrinkled skin was someone else. “A witch” she often said as she quickly looked away from what she had determined was some creature hiding in the glass. She would cover her face with both hands. It wasn’t her, not by any means; she was young, in her twenties, still with dark hair and red lipstick.
In her mind.
Mother lived in long ago realities; the aging process stopped and did a U-turn back about fifty or more years once Alzheimer’s took control. In some ways, I was envious. She didn’t have to deal with life’s sorrows and responsibilities but that was nothing new. For as long as I could painfully remember she always managed to look away from bothersome issues, seeing only what she wanted. Comfortable, happy reflections.
I was never her mirror of choice.
Flicker of Inspiration Prompt #18: Objects In the Mirror
It’s a standard warning on car mirrors: “Objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear”. Mirrors don’t always give a truly honest reflection. Sometimes, the mirror is warped; sometimes, it’s only our perceptions. When Alice went into her mirror, it was the world itself that was distorted. And yet at times, the mirror will show you true things that you weren’t aware of; something around a corner, or behind you, or on another spectral plane. People can even act as mirrors; they can show you yourself as others see you.