This is a thought I’ve been mulling over in my mind for some time, never really being able to crystallize my thoughts. I began to read Sarah’s Key by the wonderful Tatiana de Rosnay when this marvelous quote grabbed me by my throat:
“I caught a glimpse of my face in the mirror as we glided up. I looked as eroded as the groaning lift. What had happened to the fresh-faced belle from Boston, Mass.? The woman who stared back at me was at that dreaded age between forty-five and fifty, that no-man’s land of sag, oncoming wrinkle, and stealthy approach of menopause.”
Now, as I have written in earlier posts, I am writing about being 60+, so clearly I am long past that very descriptive passage. But, the further I get into my sixties, the more I notice that while I had just about become invisible to all men, save my husband, during my fifties, somewhere during my sixties I seemed to have resurfaced to men! Although, I’ve not have any “work” done, now men of all ages have begun flirting with me, what’s up with that. Mind you I am not complaining, though my original response was “have you had your eyes checked recently”? Now I just smile and say thank you!
I’m thinking we can blame this whole syndrome on the fabulous Betty White, she is bringing sexy back for all of us of a certain age. My real question is why must we disappear for those ten years and what can we do to transition more easily? How can we move from one stage to the next gracefully? You may come to realize as I have, to respect the old rule, if you wore something the first time it was in style, you are probably to old to wear it when it comes back! Case in point micro mini’s!!! So where is the line between age appropriate and dowdy? Or elegantly sexy, think Helen Mirren, or trying too hard? I hope I will be able to solicit comments on all these types of questions from the followers of my blogs. Perhaps we will get lucky and someone in France will see this and impart their secret!
As always I welcome or better yet ask for your comments on this very tricky topic!!!!!