Friday, May 13, 2011
Senior Style - what was I thinking?
I'm no fashionista. My favorite thing to wear? Jeans and a t-shirt. Usually the t-shirt is a hand-me-down from my boys. Happy day for me when they all outgrew the mediums.
But since I can't wear jeans and t-shirts everywhere I go, I am occasionally forced to shop for real clothes. I would sooner shove bamboo shoots underneath my fingernails than shop for clothes, but sometimes we just don't get to choose. And then I go shopping.
I try to find clothing that is age-appropriate but somewhat stylish. Fortunately for me, Costco carries great stuff for middle-aged women. And it's cheap and convenient. If I find something I like and it comes in different colors, I buy a few. It's kind of like having a uniform. Thanks to Costco, rarely do I have to torture myself by entering a regular clothing store. And if I do, I've learned to take my daughter along.
Carolyn became fashion conscious about the time she entered junior high. We'd be in a store. I'd hold up a shirt.
"How about this?" I'd ask. "Is this cute?"
"Yeah," she'd answer. "For you," implying that she wouldn't be caught dead in it.
"Well, I would not want to look like a teenager," I'd inform her.
Oh, don't worry - I'd read her mind - you won't.
Once in a while she pays me a real compliment.
"I'd wear that," she'll say in response to a new top I might be wearing.
Makes me feel so stylish!
Recently my Aunt Becky passed away. A bunch of us were visiting as extended family the day before the funeral.
I was wearing a new shirt.
My Aunt Peachy said to me, "I like that shirt. I'd wear that."
Hmm... I thought.
A few minutes later my Aunt Norma told me, "Nice shirt. I'd wear that."
My Aunt Marie said, "I have that same shirt in white."
Well, guess what. I have it in white, too. Naturally, I had bought it in more than one color. But I was too disturbed to own up to this.
I was dressed like my senior citizen aunts!
I mean, don't get me wrong; they all wear cute clothes.
I should have taken Carolyn shopping with me. What was I thinking?
A little later on a bunch of us were sitting around the dining room table. As it often does in family conversations, the talk turned to who looks like whom. My cousin Greg, one of Aunt Becky's sons, said, "I don't know what it is, but something about Melinda reminds me of my mom today."
"I think it's because I've grown my hair long," I quickly remarked.
But we know that wasn't it.
We know what it was.
It was the shirt.