Rachel, I was thinking about Freeman the other night. A more dignified and wonderful actor doesn’t live. As opposed to that how do we treat our aging actresses? With the occasional exception of a Helen Mirren or Jane Fonda, we excoriate them and berate them for aging (Brigitte Bardot, anyone??) At 65, my BF 49. He chooses me. For the last going on eleven years, he chooses ME. Wrinkles and all.
It is indeed terrifying. But your example is far more powerful than anything the kids see in the media. What you demonstrate by example, your comfort in your own skin and the beauty that makes up your character are what teach your twins what being fully human is all about.