Beautiful decor'...I mean tasteful,classy and well suited to the items offered by the vendors participating- good music and catered hor'derves sprinkled throughout the show.
OOOOH-LAH-LAH! The men had on suits,ties and expensive shoes.
No kids were there.
Folks were sipping fine wine from tiny cups and nibbling delectable snacks from fancy trays....I saw a number of folks I knew and enjoyed visiting with each of them...but I didn't belong. I remember these kinds of events from childhood...of course mostly from a slight distance, because as I said earlier- children were not a part of the party.
My dad led us (and hoped we'd choose and follow) toward the path of culture,elegance and civility- but it didn't appeal to me then.... and I am happy to report that 35 years later... I have no regrets.
I didn't feel inferior as I stood visiting with a young lady half my age as she sipped her wine in her black dress and stiletto heels ,wrapped in her fur cape. She's my neighbor and we talked about her new home, her family.... just plain visiting.
Maybe I should have since I was adorned :) in my linen bloomers with tea stained blouse and my fur lined flat boots.
Anyway, I was thinking that I must truly be happy with my simple country life(sprinkled with flair), to be able to attend this affair comfortably.
Now don't get me wrong- I did dress up a bit... but it was casual wear for the folks there.
I don't think they minded a bit! I know I didn't.
I saw lots of pretty things and enjoyed shopping- and I'm glad I went...but give me... "land spreadin' out so far and wide......take Manhatten just give me that countryside" anyday!!!!
Then I visited a website http://magnoliapearlblog.blogspot.com/ and saw this quote ~
"Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world" ~Ralph Waldo EmersonThat "Dress up to feed the chickens" got my attention!!!!
With that being said, we should take our cue from flowers and just "be" beautiful.....
"Dress up to feed the chickens!" I want to be a woman of courage, discipline, fortitude, and integrity like the strong women in my family. It doesn't come to me as easily but I'm giving it my best shot!
Love to all of you,
Good thinking Pearl!!!
Think I'll do just that and enjoy the simple beauty of the life I have right here.
Hopefully I'm cultivating the right qualities to carry me through as my youth fades......