Saturday, May 14, 2011

Goldilocks and the Tottering Elder

This would have been posted early yesterday morning but it seems that Blogger was feeling ill. Hope everything is much better now.

Recently I took the Other Mother to a school function for her great-grands. A school outing with a 90-year-old (technically OM is 89 but her birthday is soon so I make the leap) is a huge challenge. At one point during the morning I learned that in order to observe the great-grands in their classrooms we'd need to climb three flights of stairs! I suggested that the Other Mother stay put at a table in the gym with a nice cup of coffee.

But, of course, she refused that suggestion and up the stairs she tottered, with me behind to break any potential falls. Let's just say that I'm challenged daily with OM's sometimes dangerous behaviors. I can't understand the attraction of putting yourself in harms way.

The students put on a nice presentation and at one point this girl took the stage. Of course I would never show her face, identifying her without her permission, but I feel that the world needs to see her adorable dress.


Perhaps this silhouette is so appealing to me because I was raised in the 1950's and 60's. Like a baby duck who imprints on their mother, I imprinted myself on the late 1950's prom dress style.

This coral dress was so adorable, with it's wide, gathered waistband and fabric flower. The hem was what they used to call a lettuce edge, all wiggly like curly green leaf lettuce. For modesty she's topped it with a little shrug. The dress wasn't too short, too tight or too revealing. It was the Goldilocks dress - just right.


Becky K. said...

I hope when I am 90 I feel up to climbing three flights of steps....I don't

That dress is adorable!! Love the color, the cut and the details!!

I was happy for Chelsea when she got a bathing suit that even the cashier commented that she was glad to see a young girl buy a suit with fabric in it. Have you seen the stuff out there? Yikes!

Lucy (aka rharper) said...

It IS adorable!

Vee said...

Very pretty!

When I'm 90, should great-grands be three flights up, you can be assured that someone will be fretting that I decided to "go for it." ;}

Mom Taxi Julie said...

Very cute! It's hard to find dresses that are "just right" nowadays!

My MIL is 81 and I so know what you mean.

Lisa D. said...

Love the dress, and love the shrug with. And I have to say, good for your mother-in-law heading up the stairs. I'm sure it gives you some headaches, but I had a grandma who decided she was too old to do things, when she was only in her 70's. Consequently, she's missed out on a lot. My other grandparents did as much as they could, for as long as they could. And they, along with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren have many great memories. To say nothing of all the other people they made connections with.

Debbie said...

I hope I'm in heaven way before I see 90, but I suppose I'll take what I get :D

Leslie T. said...

Gasp! I LOVE the dress!!!!!!!! The frilly hem is beyond gorgeous!!! It begs for a good twirl!
Well, kudos to the Other Mother for making the trek to see the kids. Though I confess I would not have wanted to be you, and I feel your pain. I've been in a couple of those situations and there have been casualties. Oy.
I'm glad that all turned out well with your outing.