The unreadable face
I am having a very nice conversation with a strikingly attractive woman. She seems to be about my age. We have alot in common and are getting to know each other. We are begining to form a human bond. Or at least we are trying to. There's an impediment.
Her eyes are twinkling. She is smiling. But the finer movements of her face are absent. I'm trying to mirror her subconsciously because that's one way humans connect on an emotional level. But I'm not sure if I'm succeeding.
A trial lawyer must be able to gage a witness instantly and intimately. I usually do this naturally quite well. I'm stymied. It feels a little strange. Not bad. But disorienting because I like her but can't quite reach her. Finally I realize the problem. It's botox.
I am going to have to give this more thought. Movie stars get the most publicity. But facial muscle freezing is one of the most common procedures now. I need to be able to identify it more quickly. Otherwise, I may be selecting a jury and getting mixed messages from someone simply because their face is not in sync with their feelings. Or the jury may think a witness is cold, or unbelievable.
This also means that I better embrace my wrinkles because I need a jury to believe that I am me.