|Now, I ask you, entre nous, who doesn’t want her ab-so-lute-ly gorgeous hair?|
Seriously, I’m sitting here trying to conjure up new superlatives, words that convey amazement, awe. I have my Roget’s International Thesaurus Revised & Updated Sixth Edition next to my keyboard, leafing through the pages to find appropriate synonyms to apply to all of you.
(I highly recommend the tome as a perfect gift for word lovers btw.)
Ultimately, I suppose I will repeat myself, but that does not take away from the enthusiasm, empathy and enormous respect I have for you when I see your lovely faces and read your magnificent stories. You are such a solid, sometimes stoic, stunning group of women that I can only say, thank you for being you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, disappointments, dreams and triumphs with all of us. And, being brave enough to include your pictures. Trust me, I know that detail is a true leap of faith.
50s. . .
Sunshine and Shadow
One of you was married at 18, divorced at 34, retired at 59 and set out on adventure after adventure: an African safari, crewing on a 43 foot catamaran from Costal del Sol to the Canary Islands, moved on to Florence for two months, tried living in Paris for a while and then returned to the States and her two daughters — born 10 years apart — only to re-start a new, parttime career.
I’ll let Cari (CJ) take a stand in her own words because they are so relevant to who we are and where we are going:Popular media have a lot to answer for but I also think that we – our generation – should be ashamed of ourselves.I mean, we bought into the hype big time and just took the punches. HOW DARE THEY! Should we not be angry, even militant? Time to stand up and say “I am woman” and part of what’s wrong with the world today is that the collective wisdom, intuition, understanding and plain old common sense we have gained through life experience is treated like so much dross.
How about that?
60s. . .
Most of all, and I know I’ve said this before, you search out the joy, the positive, you learn and move on ever hopeful.
As you said: “I’m 58, but I live as if I’m 12 with innocence and amazement for each new day.”
Ah, my Thesaurus offers a right on the mark synonym (for my overuse of “amazing”): Let’s try out “astonishing” — yes, I like that. It works.
Astonishing (!) That’s what you are.