This, my friends, was a mistake. In that one instant, my entire lower back, from the non-existent waistline on down to the hips, caught fire. Or felt like it. I hobbled through the rest of my day, reminded not to bend by the searing pain I experienced if I even thought about reminding my spine that it should have movable parts.
The moral of this story being, Mirrors are dangerous. Or, maybe, don't be such a vain middle-aged hag as to think you can make your waistline appear by sucking in your abs. Ah, vanity, thy name is woman.
And, yes, I do appreciate the irony of this happening to me after I laughed at my ailing spouse's similar infirmity not even 10 days ago. No one needs to point it out to me. Save yourselves the trouble.
[Image credit: Readers' Digest]