Earlier when I woke up, I looked at the mirror and found out I have gained a bit of weight. I was washing my face in the bathroom sink when I caught myself in the mirror and realized my face was a little less disgusting shrunken than the last time I checked. (I have lately avoided reflective surfaces of any kind.)
I thought at first that it may have been some trick, that the pillow I slept on might have temporarily arranged my face into a semblance of health. But I checked my arms and they looked less scrawny. My shoulders were less bony. When I was done shaving, my skin even appeared to be a paler shade of gray than I remember.
I considered a stupid but entertaining theory. Maybe the mirror needs to be replaced by a new one? I remember from a high school chemistry lesson that glass is actually liquid, with a very high viscosity; it’s so thick that it looks solid.
Since viscosity increases as temperature increases, and Manila has been experiencing hellish weather lately (quite unusual this time of the year, I think), the mirror’s glass may have increased viscosity and “flowed” down, hence decreasing its ability to reflect accurately?
But I did not want to worry too much, so I decided it was a good sign, that I am starting to move on with my life, that I am really getting healthier, though of course all this may have been just because I ate massive amounts of Hong Kong Style noodles the other day. (That would have been a more plausible explanation.) Still, feeling better and better about myself by the minute, I went out of the bathroom to have my first cigarette. Hello another day.