Yesterday my daughters and I were dress shopping for one of the many end-of-school events this time of year.
We ran into this lady on our way in to one of the stores.
She's an 86 year old body builder, and no, it wasn't this actual woman, but it she was definitely a body builder, and definitely over the age of 65.
Then we ran into this woman. In the dressing room, with an entire Kohl's cart loaded with clothes from the junior section.
Well, of course it wasn't THIS woman, but it was an older woman (again, 65+) with very long black hair done in 2 braids - oh, and she had 1 inch gray roots. And did I mention the clothes she was trying on - all from the junior section?
This may seem really judgmental. In fact, it IS really judgmental and I should probably hit the delete button at this point. But I have to ask -
When did it stop being OK to just grow old gracefully? I mean, I work out, and I try to look current and stylish, but heaven knows there are some things I just will never wear in public again. Like short-ish athletic shorts, or a flirty, puffy, tutu skirt, or gigantic hoop earrings.
AND THAT'S OK!!
I want to do this gracefully, and not be so obsessed that it's scary to be around me.
I want grandkids to sit on my lap because they want to, and because it's cozy to be there, both physically and emotionally.
What's wrong with this?
Or even this?
It's OK, ladies, to grow older. Be proud of your wisdom, your experiences, and the things you've accomplished. You don't need to try for a 25 year old body anymore. And you can be stylish and classy without being faddish and trendy.
It's just distressing. And another good reason to label shopping as an evil chore.
Like I needed another reason.