Where’s The Smile At?

Bushra is having a bad day. How do we know? Well. Look at her face. Her almond shaped eyes look droopy. The red veins crowding the whites of her eyes don’t help either. Maybe she’s sleepy. Maybe those are post-breakdown eyes. Women have frequent breakdowns. What else do they expect. Working in the corporate world, pffft. The wells under her eyes, though…Last time I saw dark circles that dark was when my household help was struggling with cancer while simultaneously fending for her family. And even she managed to look better somehow.

No, I think it’s not just sleep deprivation or a mental breakdown. I think she’s tired. How old do you think she is? She wears the skinnies like she’s in her twenties but the wrinkles in the corners of her eyes and her smile lines tell me a different story. Women age early. It’s tough for them you know. Nah maybe it’s her time of the month. Look at the crease in her forehead and the way she lets out a heavy breath every few seconds. Maybe she’s angry because it’s hurting. What’s hurting? Her vagina? We’re not sure what really hurts during perio-

Oh look! She opened her mouth. Did you see? Her lips formed an O. Now they’re back to a straight line. Wait. That’s it. It’s her mouth. It gives her an inscrutable look. The straight line of her lips makes it hard to know what she’s really feeling. What kind of bullshit is that? It makes her look so undesirable. Unattractive. Unpleasant to look at.

“Hey, Bushra?

Where’s that smile at?”


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