Zadie Smith imposes 15-minute mirror time limit on her daughter (HuffPost)
From the age of 7
at every opportunity I would lock myself
in my parent's bathroom and place the lid down
on the toilet stand on it
and stare at myself in the mirror
for well over 15 minutes.
I loved what I saw there.
I was Whitney and Madonna I was accepting Grammies
I was kissing an Oscar I was in a beige swivel chair
telling Terry Wogan about my latest novel
I was striding purposefully towards the door of No. 10
I was bending my head so they could place gold medals
around my neck for every sport that had ever been invented
depending on the season. The mirror was a television
and I was on it bursting with pride
fighting back tears of joy
thanking my mother.