Happies, meet Rose, the 98-year-old glamour featured on The Huffington Post who has stolen my heart and run away with it to some place with lots of fuchsia lipstick and fabulous belts.
Of course, Rose lives in New York, where all the stylish elderly people live, and as she shared her story with Ari Cohen about how she hates having her photo taken and how the way to remain happy in life is to enjoy every moment and be happy with what you’ve got, it invited me remember my own glamorous grandma, who shared so many insightful tales with my sister and I growing up.
I’ve always had a soft spot for people older than me. And by older, I mean about 40 years older. They have a knowledge of life that I, as a mere 27-year-old, would have no comprehension of. I especially like it when they drink tea and eat sandwich soldiers, but that’s a whole other story.
Like Rose, my grandma was a truly glamorous woman. Her perfectly curled hair, her adorable outfits…it seriously was like a scene out of Mad Men. But beyond her appearance, she was a truly inspirational spirit who always saw the best in every situation and remained positive throughout even the toughest tribulations.
To Rose, and G’Ma Joan, and all the other people much older than me out there, I salute you. And on behalf of a large proportion of youngsters, we love your wisdom and know that even when you scream at us for making too much noise at the Paddington Bowling Club, or nearly hit us with your walking stick when you’re getting on the bus, we understand that, yep, you really do know best. Especially when it comes to bright lipsticks, beef stroganoff and baked desserts.
So, I ask you this, Happies. Next time you spot an elderly person struggling to carry their shopping, or see them sitting alone in a park looking lonely, take the time to say hi, thank them for being so damn awesome and tell them they really do know best. Because they do. Don’t they?
But before you do, tell me…
Do you have a soft spot for the elderly too?
Don’t you just LOVE Rose?
What memories do you have of your grandparents?