When mom moved here from RI, she gave away all her winter clothes – in part because they didn’t fit her and in part because she knew she wouldn’t need heavy woolens in North Carolina.
But then panic set in. She realized she didn’t have any cool weather clothes. Off to the mall yesterday for a lesson in frustration. What I discovered is that department stores just don’t cater to 87-year-old women who prefer elastic waist pants and shirts that are easy to button with arthritic hands. But that doesn’t mean my mom doesn’t want to look good.
Billy Crystal had it right when he said: “It’s not how you feel, it’s how you look … and you look MARVELOUS!” When you feel good about how you look, you just feel better … period.
We eventually made our way to JCPenney, where mom had a field day. Alfred Dunner (not exactly a designer that I’d ever heard of) obviously makes clothes that appeal to maturing women. Mom is now the proud owner of new black pants, sparkly tops, and a leopard print pullover.
She came downstairs with a smile on her face this morning, still in disbelief that she bought 10 new articles of clothing — all of which look great on her. My guess is her disposition, confidence and attitude will all improve next time she gets dressed.
After all, it’s not about how you feel, it’s about how you look. We all deserve to look marvelous.