Are these women beautiful? ARE they?
I want to talk about something, and I`m not even going to talk about it from a Christian standpoint– because that`s what you`d expect me to. It`s just something that`s on my mind all the time.
Aging well. Is it something we do for us, or for our families, or for our own dignity? Because I mean, you may have been a real Snazzy in your high school days, or whenever, but face it, we all get old.
(Trust me, it makes my day when Laila says, “Mommy!” when she sees my wedding picture. She sees me in that ancient picture?!?!)
I guess I want to think of words I feel when I see these women above– all in their 50s. (and not trying to pick on them, but beings they have agreed to star in a reality show, I am guessing they are up for gabbing grabs.)
Hard. Damaged. Plastic. Unstable. Insecure. Not comfortable. Selfish. Expensive. Hard. Lonely. Implanted. Brittle. Trying.
Yet, this, THIS is a picture *Hollywood* (I hate to say that, it sounds to “closed”) says is a “hot older women”. A cougar. A SUCCESSFUL WOMAN. A women who is powerful, in control, and can still attract a younger man.
And just let me address the fact that when I am a grandma, I want to feel soft, smell like flowers and have lovely aged hands. I want my grandchildren to LOVE laying against me. I want them to feel safe at my house. I want them to think of my kitchen when the Tollhouse cookie commercial comes on.
I want that!
I want my husband to want to come home because he can lay on the couch at our house, and enjoy the sound of the whirring fan and a lemonade, as he rants to me about his nutso day. I won`t be blonde and gorgeous, but I will be safe. And warm. And secure.
Those are my plans.
Then, I came across this picture. (And it`s what compelled me to write this post in the first place.)
Don`t you just want them for your friends? For your mother? grandmother? wife? a neighbor? your kid`s schoolteacher?
Obviously, I don`t know who these 2 women are from Adam, but let me tell you the words I feel when I see them.
Warm. Sweet smelling. Happy. Fun. Safe. Secure. Clean. Full of LIFE. Attractively dressed. Age appropriate. Soft. Pretty skin. Beloved by someone. BEAUTIFUL.
Honestly, when I saw this picture, I just stared. To me, they were utterly gorgeous & breathtaking. You know why?
Because it`s a rare thing to see in our society. (I say society, NOT women I know. I am surrounded by lovely aging women!!) Women aging, that haven`t “given up” by doing either 1 of 2 things:
A) Looking drab– “I`m old”. (Old people are drab.)
Or. the other extreme.
B) I`m 60, looking 20. (And it`s not working for me.)
Why are we believing the lies?