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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Seventy is the NEW fifty by Vonnie Davis

Only a woman who's about to turn 70 would make such a statement. Right? So, guess who hits the big seven-oh tomorrow? That would be me, but it'll be a young 70, you understand. Or so I tell myself as I look at the wrinkles and crepy skin in the mirror. Or the white hair peeking through the auburn--I'm due for another dye job obviously.

It's the candles on the cake that worry me. By the time someone is trying to light candle number 69 and 70, candles 1 and 2 will have melted into the icing. My smart-alecky son told me not to worry; he'd bring over the flame thrower and blast them all at once. I still haven't figured out how I allowed him to live until ages 45.

My Calvin used to tease me that I lied about my age for so long, I had no clue how old I was. This will be my first birthday without him. It's been a long five-weeks since his passing. Most of which I don't remember. I've found grief can put you into a strange fog.

Take handbags for example.

How was that for a change in topic? Stay with me now.

During the past month, I've ordered 3 handbags online. I must have. They showed up at my door every few days and as I opened each box, I've wondered at my sanity. Why would I order a gray purse for summer? Or a hand-painted bag when I already have 2 on the shelf of my closet. One painted with roses and the other with butterflies. This new one is turquoise with water lilies. And I scratch my head every time I look at it. But, ladies, the silver and black snakeskin handbag is the one that completely baffles me. What in God's name was I thinking? I don't even like snakes, what would make me think I'd like to carry one made of their skin? It is distinctive, though.

I refuse to blame it on old age. After all, 70 is the new 50. Watch me as I show you. Once I find all of me again. Next month I'll talk more about my books and what I'm working on. I plan to be back to writing in earnest by then. Right now, my creativity is all dried up. My muse is heart-broken. And my mojo has jo-joed right on out of here. I'll get it back, though. Women only get better with age. More determined. More feisty.

Every one, have a great Memorial Day weekend. If you're traveling, be safe.

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    1. Thank you, Dawn. Since it's after midnight I'll just snag that birthday wish. Hugs.

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  2. Oh my Vonnie. I feel so deeply for you. And I understand about the weirdnesses of grief. Also the dried up muse. I hope you find some comfort in your birthday with loving friends and family. Give yourself time. ((Hugs)) Love and prayers for you.

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    1. The loss of a loved one, especially one you spent all your time with creates such a vacuum in both your heart and your mind. Thanks for the kind words, Beth.

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  3. Dear Vonnie, you are an amazing person. I imagine you will be as feisty and productive at 90 as most people are at half that age. I admire you so much and hope you soon find peace of heart and your muses return to inspire you.

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    1. Thanks, Caroline. I've made some travel plans for the end of July and the beginning of August to give me something to look forward to and focus on.

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