“So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why don’t somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?”
(from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin)
As I am approaching that time in life when you only look good for your age, I find that the trained eye can uncover so much beauty usually hidden from the masses. In their frenzy for the latest upgrade, many people toss away ripe or wrinkled fruit in favor of a tart, crunchy bite. Why not forget the eternal youth of flirty princesses and embrace the mature power of queens? Choose Chaucer’s Wife of Bath over Nabokov’s Lolita.
Brigitte Macron (France’s first lady) has gotten a lot of attention for her mature beauty, and I cheer her on! But her flawless looks are highly conventional. She looks like a Channel-clad Barbie.
I’m looking for those who wrinkle and freckle outside the lines. I’m looking for those who get a kick out of being exactly their age. I’m looking for those who shake their walkers and their derrieres.
These are the invisible women of the world, only made visible by those who aren’t trying to advertise something.