coming out of my shell

coming out of my shell

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Venus of Willendorf in Blue Jeans

My husband and I dug up and divided Louisiana Irises this morning.  I was gloriously filthy by the time we were done. The sunscreen I slathered on my face was smeared with dirt and sand. Yes, sand. That is what is REALLY supposed to be on the ground here, sand.  Demon developers came along and dumped dirt upon this land. Then they set about to destroy the primeval beauty of Florida with endless housing developments and soulless gated communities. But I digress. Different post.

Starting again: My blue jeans were covered with dirt and mud. What to do? I simply turned on the hose and sprayed myself down with water. Easy peasy. I'm getting too old to struggle trying to finesse these housewifery things. Jeans dirty? Stand outside and hose 'em down.

After both my showers (...) I went in to check my social media pages. I recently joined a FB group called Crones of Anarchy. Hilarious name, but the site leaves much to be desired before it could truly represent anarchistic crones. I know a few. They could eat these pretenders, baked in a pie. 

Synchronicity being what it is, I found this post on the Crones of Anarchy page:


Stop wearing jeans?  As the song goes, "That'll be the day-ay-ay, when I die!"






34 comments:

  1. NEVER!!!!!!! I'll be buried in them. Well, no I won't, since I want to be baked. I'll be baked in them! They can kiss my old saggy bare ass.

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  2. I live in blue jeans because no one wants to see me in a bathing suit.

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    1. hahahahaha That's simply not true, Chilly. I want to see you in a bathing suit.

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    2. That's only because you hope for blackmail material. Sorry, not going to happen! I am smarter than that.

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  3. Looking forward to seeing photos of your Louisiana Irises when they bloom!

    An 89-year-old friend of mine continues to wear jeans. In fact, I don't recall seeing her not wearing jeans! Although I had been wearing the same size button-front Levi's since I was in my 20s, in my 67th year I gained about 10 pounds, and cannot fit into that size comfortably anymore. I am happy with my additional 10 pounds but have not yet bought jeans in a larger size. I've been wearing my corduroys with elastic waistbands since I gained the weight. My corduroys were large to begin with, and now I fit into them just right.

    I bought my first pair of Levi's when I was 17 years old in the summer of 1967. A friend with brothers had access to Levi's in several sizes. That was back in the days of shrink-to-fit Levi's. That was how I determined the right size for me to buy. At times during the years that I wore jeans that weren't Levi's, but Levi's were always my favorite because they were so comfortable, fit me well, and lasted a long long time.

    You've inspired me to think about buying the next larger size in Levi's!

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    1. I bought 2 pairs of Levi's this winter. They are the best. I haven't seen the button front ones in ages, though. I like corduroys, too - but they are too warm for Florida.

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  4. Riculous! I will never give up my jeans or yoga pants. I am old and don’t care what people think.

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    1. Isn't it wonderful? Hmmmm, I want some yoga pants.

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  5. The nice thing about getting older is that you come to terms with so many things. For instance we can do whatever we wish as long as we are harming no one. Wear what you want to wear, eat what you want to eat, and say what you want to say. Who cares what others think anyway?

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  6. Who thinks they can make rules. Rules are prejudiced attempts to impose ill informed points of view on those looking away, in any case. I do believe "ill informed" is the operative in that sentence. Jerks. I own nothing else. Though if my jeans had a shiny ass, like some above, I'd be replacing them with a decent new pair.

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  7. I just joined the same group on the weekend. Too funny. I still like my jeans.

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    1. Wow, that's so interesting that we both just joined that group. For me, the attraction was the name.

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  8. Stop wearing jeans? I wouldn't have anything else to wear, seriously. I would love to be friends with you on Facebook. I hardly ever post there, but I'm always interested in good political rants. (My name on Facebook is Robin Chanin.)

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    1. I'll find you and send you a friend request. I'm all politics most of the time on that page, tho. If you get sick of it you can delete me and it won't hurt my feelings. Would also love to be your facebook friend.

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  9. The last time somebody told me what and what not to wear was about 55 years ago and it did not end well - for them.

    Also, now I am waiting for the different post and also for more on the lilies.

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    1. Ha. All in good time, my dear. (I'm working the Crone angle for all it's worth)

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  10. My 67 year old ass is at this very moment residing in a pair of blue jeans. Levis with a boot leg, slightly faded with the top button unhooked....discreetly covered by an old faded shirt that I love. The Merriam Webster definition of "crone" is : a cruel and ugly old woman. I don't get the love of that word?
    I think jeans make you young, and pretty and fun :)

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    1. Wow! The dictionary is sexist, unkind AND they've watched too many Disney movies. But yes, the word is commonly thought of as an insult. Since the late 1960's many older women have been reclaiming the word, allowing us to grow old and still feel vital - to have meaningful lives even when we are no longer of value as child bearers (or objects of male desire). In this context,a Crone is a woman past childbearing years. The Maid, Mother, and Crone are the various aspects of a woman's life. I think most of the women on that Crones of Anarchy site love the word because it denotes that time in a woman's life when she no longer has to care what people think. I like that definition much better than Merriam Webster's. :)

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    2. Here's a blog post (not mine) that seems to address this: http://www.womenlivingincommunity.com/crone-care/

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  11. I do too. In fact I know, especially, one very wise woman who describes herself as a Crone. And she deserves all the lovely and strong connotations of that word expressed in this woman's blog post.
    Still, the word is very off-putting to so many people and I think it will take a long, long time for the Webster definition to be clearly turned around and given new meaning. I wish there was a better word and that instead of trying to change something that is so stuck in people's mind, we could invent a new language that truly spoke to the advance and awareness of the real and sacredness of a woman as she ages. It's great to not care what other's think, but it's another thing to add one more hurdle to climb. How about Goddess? :))
    Anyway, that's just how I feel and you know I'm in left field anyway, ha!

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    1. I agree with you. I appreciate your raising the issue about the word, too. Made me think. it definitely has a negative connotation. The only problem with "Goddess" is that people tend to associate it with a Maiden or a Mother. Let's try to resurrect some ancient Crones or Elderly Goddesses who are not malevolent or hideous. There is an archetype of a Wise Old Man, but we need to find the Wise Old Woman. She's out there. And she's NOT ugly. lol

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  12. I never got the hang of jeans; thought they were artisan-wear. Or some kind of middle-class gesture towards sartorial democracy.

    And wasn't there a theory years ago that their tightness inhibited the function of the male gonads? So the Marlboro cowboy was risking that, too.

    Yet another thing: what kind of clothing needs to be nailed together? Other than suits of armour?

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    1. Lol, I think it best that the Marlboro cowboy didn't reproduce.

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  13. "I recently joined a FB group called Crones of Anarchy. Hilarious name, but the site leaves much to be desired before it could truly represent anarchistic crones. I know a few. They could eat these pretenders, baked in a pie." I just have to leave a comment, Colette. Today I left Crones of Anarchy after getting warned of my possible impending demise for having a fully-formed opinion. Since then I did a search within Facebook and found another of their casualties (now a new Facebook friend). I did a Google search for Crones-smacked people and this page of your blog emerged. I love what you wrote.

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    1. Thanks, Molly. I, too, left that group. So few there really understood the meaning of the word Crone, confusing rudeness for wisdom.

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    2. There's no doubt about that. At the same time, if anything their admins deem rude is said the person posting it is literally thrown out. They need to read the definition of anarchy as well as that of crone.

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  14. I have been wondering if I should leave the group myself as it isn't what I thought it would be. Their definition of a crone includes everyone, even teenagers. So they have a definition of crone found nowhere else. The younger members have recently been insulting the older women, the wise women!

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    1. Yeah, I left the group fairly soon after writing this. It was mean spirited and a little goofy.

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  15. A new member in the group asked a legitimate question yesterday how others in the group define a crone. I answered the OP with my definition. Today I discovered I have been silenced until later tonight. According to the admins, if you think you're a crone you are. It's "self-defined". You're just not permitted to speak about that definition. Many other women spoke in the thread who shared my definition so I am assuming they have been silenced as well. The admins seem to be cowards who are unable to tell anyone that they don't meet the criteria. You're 14? You're a crone!

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So, whadayathink?