Joyce OreEggs, liver, baby powder and doubt

OK, daughters. If you have lung problems, go ahead, blame me, your mother. I was just trying to keep the diaper rash at bay and be sure you smelled wonderful when family, friends, acquaintances and strangers on the street stopped to tell me what cute babies you were.

Plus, I loved the scent of talcum powder, still one of my favorite scents. A whiff of baby powder is a symbol of freshness, purity, innocence. I use deodorant that smells like baby powder just for that illusion. Now as a grandmother, I’m told by the American Academy of Pediatrics, that talcum powder is bad, bad, bad for babies.

Another sure thing down the drain. What can we believe anymore? Most of us accepted long ago that Santa, the Easter rabbit and the tooth fairy were myths primarily reserved for the young. We believed but then grew up no longer sure when our parents were telling us the truth or lying to us. That entire deception, no matter how well meaning, is not all bad, It actually helped prepare us for the world in which we live, specifically our government, congress, diets and wrinkle cream.

The news is full of changes, and so many of them revolve around items we once thought were good and now are bad. Food especially is caught in the once good now bad scenario. My mother told me eggs and liver were good for me, so I gladly ate one and forced down the other. Now we learn that eggs are good for us and liver is bad. Finally, something I can agree with.

As I grow older, my list of bad seems to be growing while the good is on the wane. What this really tells us is that nothing remains the same. That “never” and “always” are words that should be removed from our vocabulary. The parent who is quick to say “my child would never” is inexperienced or living in an idealistic world. The same holds true for the young who look at aging with critical eye proclaiming they will never allow themselves to get in that shape.

Believing that nothing ever changes is not realistic, be it dealing with talcum powder, eggs, liver, relationships or age.

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