Oct. 13th, 2016

(I originally posted this on my Tumblr, but I know many of you aren't over there. Also, I thought it would be nice to have something positive over here for a change instead of my absence/worrying.)

Today I spoke to a neighborhood garden club where the youngest member was in her 60s. They were dressed to the nines: full hair and makeup, earrings, necklaces, silken jackets, the whole thing. Brunch preceded the meeting. Crystal dishware, the good silver samovars for the coffee and tea, antique silver sugar spoons and cut-glass dishes for the lemons. Bacon-laden frittatas, delicious fruits, pickled tomatoes, Danishes… I didn’t see all of the food available, honestly. And of course, they had decorative name tags. :) (They’ve all been meeting for 15+ years, but name tags make it OFFICIAL.)

These are all deeply southern women with nicknames like “Muffy” and so forth (and they were not all white, which does my Dallas-heart good). They clapped appreciatively when I was announced, nodded and smiled at each other as I listed my bona fides, and then listened attentively as we toured the garden, asking fascinating questions.

One woman was in her late 80s, and her makeup was flawless. The silver-bob, not-a-hair-out-of-place, type. She didn’t walk very well, but the other women were prepared for this and almost fought over who would offer her an arm. She smiled demurely and nodded at this and that as we moved through the tour. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more queenly woman in my life.

Every now and then I would say something like, “You’re going to have to get your hands dirty or, hey, get a grandchild to do this!” and they would laugh and say, “Oh, we don’t mind getting dirty!” Old-fashioned ladies who have the mindset of a Rosie the Riveter, I tell you. The meeting went on longer than expected, but we were having too much fun.

(And the hostess–my most favorite client ever ever–sent me off with a fantastic bottle of wine as well as payment! I mean!! Best day ever.)

PS: my Instagram is now mostly plants, flowers, videos where I answer questions, if you're interested! @StoneyboBoney)

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