You know, it really isn’t about the old lady butt crack thing, or Teresa “joking” and calling me the elderly. Whatever. The girl is driving full speed toward a head on collision with freight train full of reality in the REAL sense of the word. So who am I to begrudge her a chuckle or two at my expense if it makes her feel any better as her life crumbles under her bad shoes?
The real reason I have an issue with Teresa, and why I think she owes me and frankly, women everywhere an apology, is because her comments about me reflect her attitude that women who are older than she is are somehow less relevant, less attractive, less valuable and somehow pathetic; or that aging is something to make fun of, rather than to respect. I have a real problem with this. And I imagine that Christie Brinkley, Beverly Johnson, Hilary Clinton, Maya Angelou, Susan Sarandon, Helen Mirren, and even Oprah and Cher would agree with me.
I’m proud of my age, because I’m proud of my life. I have had the joy of raising three children, watching my oldest son graduate from the University of Arizona and go to work in the family business, and my daughter attend her junior prom. I’ve got the self confidence that comes from building my own successful career prior to marriage, and knowing that I can take care of myself. I’ve experienced the satisfaction of being able to build a dream house for my mother, and care for her in her last days. I’ve known love, and loss, and heartbreak and triumph, and I’ve made a point of learning the lessons that only time and maturity can teach.
Listen, time marches on for all of us, and it will for Teresa too, no matter how many “bubbie” lifts or Bolivian blow outs she manages to afford, which probably won’t be too many given her current credit score. So this old lady has a little sage advice for our young lady of the rubber check. I think it’s high time for Teresa to grow up and realize that it takes more than a pair of designer knock off high heels to get to heaven, and maybe she ought to start trying a little harder to act her age instead of her shoe size.
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