“I never see you in shorts,” a friend said on a hot day as we enjoyed a glass of iced tea.
“And you never will,” I quipped. “I don’t have the legs for shorts. I inherited my mother’s veins so I prefer pants or skirts.”
“What difference does it make at our age?” she chided. “We’re not in a beauty contest. Who cares, anyway? Comfort is the name of the game at this point in life.”
“For you maybe. My game is Keep Covered. Can we please talk about something else?”
We sipped our tea in silence–till I burst out laughing. My friend joined me. She admitted she didn’t look too great in shorts either but she preferred comfort to fashion.
This incident reminded me of a speaker at a women’s luncheon I attended many years ago. She appeared to be in her late 60s as she walked onto the platform in a classy dress and jacket, but her footwear? Well, let’s just say her shoes were perfect for a game of tennis or a run in the park. “How could she?” I mumbled under my breath.
Seconds later she pointed to her tennies and announced. “I know what you’re all thinking–how could she! Well, I’ll tell you how. I’m into comfort at my age, so unless there are any ‘fashion police’ on the premises let’s just forget my shoes and get on with my message.”
The older women in the audience let out a wahoo. The younger ones smiled politely.
Here I am decades later–now an old gal myself. I haven’t worn heels or wedgies for years. I wear eye makeup sparingly if I do at all, and I choose clothes for comfort over style, but do my best to look at least reasonably current, for my age, that is.
Funny, isn’t it, how for some, myself included, what was once important no longer is. As my mother used to say, “I have my little black dress for parties and funerals, and the rest? Well whatever looks attractive and feels comfortable without drawing attention.”
I am my mother’s daughter!!
How about you? Are you into comfort or fashion or maybe a bit of each? Or perhaps you don’t give a hoot about any of this. I’d like to hear from you too.
“Grace and beauty can fool you, but a woman who respects the LORD should be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30