The usual old lady - where did she go?
Has anybody seen her lately?
When I was a kid and even in my youth, the usual old lady were everywhere! Any women over 35 years old was an Aunt! And that wasn't just because they were over 35 but because they looked like old ladies. And it was also perfectly all right to call them Aunt this and that. They took no offense at all, on the contrary, it was rather polite to call them Aunt. That isn't the case today.
Today, no women wants to be called Aunt or be regarded as an old lady!
So, what characterizes an old lady and how do we define an old lady?
The word "old lady" refers to mature women in her middle life, or older. In these days it is often perceived as slightly pejorative or ironic.
For me, a typical old lady is a women dressed in elastic skirt, knitted sweater, a coat with length just below the knee, flat shoes, glasses and a hat on top of curly permed hair. Some of these old ladies also moves in a special way, and they look at the surrounding in a suspicious way and some of them are judgmental and sees others faults first.
But there was also another kind of old lady or Aunt when I was a kid. It was those women who were satisfied with life, they radiated security and simplicity, they baked buns and took care of the household with great esteem and confidence. That type of old lady is hard to find these days. Nowadays you can only get a glimpse of her in women over 80 or 90 years or older!
No, the old lady has gone, or is seen very rarely. Instead there are women who definitely not are old ladies, and they don't want to be called Aunt! They are women! And the women have become younger in some way, although they grow older in age! Now, even the word old lady is used as a warning sign that you aren't updated on the latest fashion trend: no, that type of handbag doesn't look good, it is "Auntie warning" on it, don't buy that! As if it would be the worst thing that could happen, to look like an old lady or an Aunt!
Nowadays it is only the body that is aging. Women who have reached adulthood today are active and are individuals and they certainly don't look alike. They will not sit at home with baked cookies and wait for grandchildren. The modern women will not become a old lady and its a life style issue. They are a generation that sets there one terms. Women around 60 years are the first generation of working women and many of them live single life's and are used to take care of themselves. They are also brought up in an era that worships youth and endeavor to look younger. And they probably feel younger too.
Now mature women are curious, they want to influence and participate. They are not old ladies who anxiously hold the purse close to their body and sits innocent on endless tea parties and at most, maybe discuss the worlds injustice.
The old lady of today?
If the usual old lady is gone, how is the mature women of today? Here are a few characters!
This is the women who exercise regularly and tries to keep her body in shape. And she is far from simple gymnastic! She uses a lot of tools and make training to a science. She use pulse watch and have weights on her arms when running. She runs in races and goes to gym and is familiar with all gym equipment. She has a well trimmed body an dresses in tight clothes.
She is well dressed, unconventional and isn't afraid to dress in black. She loves fashion and she dares to challenge the fashion business by work for changes of the ideal model which she thinks is to skinny. She likes to take care of her complexion and goes on facial treatments regularly.
A lady with actual power, often CEO of a company or member on several boards. This is a lady that is interested and knowledgeable in her field. She enjoys debates and discussions and she can make her way in the man´s world. Well dressed of course, and she can afford expensive clothes. She wears dresses or jackets over a nice pair of trousers.
The culture lady does not dress, she drapes herself, preferably in black or purple in black dresses, tunics and trousers and large ceramic jewelry. She is seen on every premiere where she know all the important people. She cooks and eat food from Toscana and spend much time of water colour painting while she is drinking a glass of red wine for inspiration.We can all learn from culture lady, not least those who are stuck in the living room in front of TV.
This is a lady who likes the good things in life. She takes good care of her self and looks great too. She likes younger men, sex, chocolate and fine wine. She prefers to dress in tight fitting clothes that highlights her figure and wheres exclusive underwear.
This is a relic of the old lady who had full control of her surroundings. And she is still on top of things, but now she is on the Internet instead of spy and peek behind the curtain. She is very active on Face book and other community sites. And she is powerful because she can influence many people and have opinions about a variety of topics. She keeps up with fashion and chooses the clothes she likes from current fashion.
She fights for the poor and sick people and the children. She is absolutely tireless, collects money, clothes and other necessities. She likes plain and comfortable clothes and wear no make up, have an easy hairstyle that don't interfere with her hectic life that includes travelling. She can also be the inventor of useful techniques which she gives to people who needs it and thereby saving life's.
All of this characters are needed and makes difference i our time. The old lady of today have Power!
But sometimes I can miss that natural, old-fashioned, self-confident old lady and I can feel a little bit jealous of her elastic skirt!
And which of the characters am I? Non of course! Because I am still to young.