I remember being told by my husband many years ago that I needed to be careful of my facial expressions. “What do you mean?” I scowled. Had said husband put a mirror in front of my face, I would have seen immediately! LOL!

Husband continued on: “The look you gave to … looked as though you really don’t like him.”

“Well, I don’t,” I replied with a deeper scowl, and much emphasis on the words, I don’t.

Over the years, I have tried to work on my facial expressions: after all, I don’t really want to offend anyone, even if I don’t like them, or what they are doing. So, I work hard on: the negative furrows of the brow, the downward curl of the lips, the dagger throwing eyes… The expressions I don’t worry about are: the upward curl of the lips, the sparkling eyes, the excited brow furrows…

But, to come to my numerous facial expressions defense, I will just say, there are times they do come in handy: to show children you really mean what you have just said, without yelling at them; to indicate total disapproval of a person that you don’t care if they know exactly how you feel; to discuss an opinion of which you are so passionate that the extra facial expressions add a degree of authenticity to your words; etc…

Conclusion – I guess I have concluded that my facial expressions are just a part of who I am – they are the real me! How about yours? What do you think?


Written by : Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour

Canadian Author, Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour, known as “Writer on the Run” in the writing world, has had quite a life’s journey to reach her dream of becoming a published author. To learn more about Mary and her journey click here.

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