The mosaic of tiny capillaries and purple veins. It is yet another sign of our womanly aging. Every time I see an ad for a vein clinic, I hesitate. I was really bothered when a friend of mine said she was going to a clinic to have all her protruding leg veins removed. I am sure many of you have also contemplated this procedure.
It is another decision. But it is not a hard one for me because I have a phobia of needles. I look at my 82 year old mother’s colorful legs and see my future. I have several works of art already on my upper thighs: moles, freckles, sun damage, red dots, purple veins, other discolorations and undefined splotches. Sometimes I stare at them. Are they all that bad?
Are these intricate designs on our legs not works of art, perhaps, masterpieces?
A colorful curve in the capillary run might be the time you paced for hours in the middle of the night waiting for your teenager to come home.
The large and bulging upper thigh vein might be from stomping on the ground trying to make your point during the “big fight” with your spouse.
Or the lacework patch of pinkish blood vessels might be the daily commute to your first job in the city.
I bet one burst was from running after your toddler at the mall!
These mini paintings show the wisdom of our years. They show active lifestyles and miles of adventure. They show hard work and fun times. They show stress and pleasure. They even come in rainbow colors. Most amazing is that they are unique to each woman. We are each our own art piece.
What is the point of being perfect? Of having perfect legs? How have you decided to reconcile this point of vanity?
**(Not being a medical expert, I do know that some cases of vericose veins are serious and painful, so the procedure is a life saver. I am referring to cosmetic options.)
Judy Brown grew up in Rio. Here she is basking in the sun during her senior year in high school with no worries of unsightly veins.
Stocking Photo: These funky stockings are sold by a French company. In case you don’t have bad veins yet but want to pretend, you can purchase a pair. Learn more about them here.