Oh, I loved my ankles! 126



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But now I have ‘cankles’. I used to have these legs and other bits that I took for granted; as they say in the song, you only miss it when it’s gone. I had long legs; I used to have ballet lessons and am sure that helped. Summer holidays I threw on the shorts and flashed my legs when I wore my bathers. All through the late 60s and 70s I wore minis, hot pants and split skirts. Never taking much notice – after all the legs were just part of me – I wore whatever I wanted and had no shame. Oh what a hussy that girl with the legs was!ankles

I envy that girl, that woman, and she is no longer the person I see reflected back at me. No – there is this rather podgy woman, with legs twice the thickness they once were. The ankles are lost, gone forever. I thought that if I lie back on the bed and put my legs up the wall it would help, I would have better slimmer legs. Instead my husband wanted to know what I had been reading. Was it Karma Sutra? Anyway no change happened, no effect whatever. What about those ‘support stockings’? I mused. Well, I tried to put some on, took me a while to get them out of the package even. Then I tried to do the contortions needed to get them on. I almost gave myself a hernia trying to get both feet in the tight elastic. Then as I wriggled and squirmed I at last got them on. I had almost gone headlong across the bedroom floor, but had success. I dressed in some rather flash new trousers, ready to go out I walked down the path, only to feel that awful sensation of the panty hose rolling down to my thighs. They had decided not to help my cause, instead I now had a funny walk and a bulge of flesh above my legs. Failed again.

The only small success I have had is to use some men’s airline socks, trouble is they are black. They were fine under trousers and in boots in the winter, but now they don’t do much for my white summer look. So guess I am stuck with cankles, I would have been better in Victorian times, when a flash of ankle drove a man insane, so you kept them covered. Mine would not do that now, they would bring on nausea instead. I could go on about losing my slender arms too, but when you look at the whole none of it matters, I am still here lumpy bits and all. I shall just have to buy a large kaftan and float about like a galleon in full sail.

Which bit of your body was your pride and joy once? Tell us below.

Jacqui Lee

Jacqui Lee is 75 and now retired but the last ten years or so have been some of her busiest. She worked at a hospital, where she took several Certificated courses, she cleaned a school, helped to run two conventions, wrote short stories, started painting, and in fact is never bored even now, "I honestly feel we are lucky to still be upright and breathing, and my motto is, Remember yesterday, dream of tomorrow, but live today. I love fun, clothes, food and friends."

  1. I totally understand. When we were younger, I think many of us thought we were ‘fat’..oh to be that weight & shape again. Unfortunately gravity & health conditions can impact on this. Oh well, just have to accept what our lot is..

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    • Robyn…isn’t it interesting how we think like that? And eventually it effects all your thinking…I remember thinking “Ah well, I’m fat anyway” and it was just the bottom half!!!

    • I can relate to that. Never had to diet, took it all for granted. Then I went to WW….shock horror I got to 81kg. I’d give anything to get back there now!

  2. I miss joint movement. Oh to be able to live without pain and to do the little things like reaching up to peg clothes on the line and walk unaided.

  3. I would like the body that has long gone back again, not only because it looked better but because it had no aches and pains like this old body I have now has!!

  4. We just have to go with the flow we all were great once but that’s life oh to be young again no aches and pains

  5. My legs and ankles are hanging in there, so still wear shorts. Just wish I could keep tummy under control. Such an apple! Should stop those coldies with hubby of an arvo.

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    • Don’t do that Julie, enjoy every precious minute and drop as you never no when it will stop. Cheers and have a coldie for me

    • Me too Julie. Also I used to have a cute butt – now I’m droopy drawers!

    • I agree. Enjoy life with your loved one. Mine passed away 6 years ago after 46 years of a wonderful marriage. I was fortunate that he had retired 18 years earlier do we did many things together (having our wine every afternoon) do just enjoy each other

    • I love a beer and wine. My husband is a t totaller so he expects everyone to be the same. too bad I just have another one when I am in company.

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