Yesterday, I was enjoying my lunch at an outdoor café in downtown Dallas. I noticed an attractive lady sitting at a table near the sidewalk. She was probably in her early sixties ~ slim, fit, and well dressed in a non-ostentatious way. She was wearing a pair of gray Capri pants and a silvery gray tunic top, flat sandals, and an interesting silver and crystal pendant. Her hairstyle was short, spiky, and the same silvery gray color as her tunic. Her makeup was minimal. She sat confidently and comfortably alone, pale blue tinted glasses perched on her nose, thumbing through a magazine while dining on a salad, and sipping occasionally from a bottle of sparkling Pellegrino water.
The above paragraph is an excerpt from a post I’m writing for Food + Clothing + Shelter, that contrasts two very different silver haired women. But for this post in Silver Foxes, I want to concentrate on the lady I just described, because she personifies the kind of person I’m striving to be.
And I’m not just talking about letting her hair go gray. I’m referring to being comfortable in her own skin ~ to feeling un-self-conscious enough to dine in a crowded restaurant alone rather than meekly eating a tuna sandwich in the break-room at work ~ to feeling confident enough to, not only have gray hair, but to makeup and dress to emphasis and showcase it.
As Silver Foxes, we have the opportunity to live by example and demonstrate that gray hair is no longer something we feel the need to cover up. Instead, our silver tresses are something we’re proud of, and wish to enhance. We silver-haired ladies and gentlemen are no longer just grandmas and grandpas baking chocolate chip cookies, knitting afghans, and puttering around in the garden. We’re also going to yoga classes, biking, enjoying successful careers, reading voraciously, writing, going back to school, learning new things, traveling to exciting places, keeping up with current affairs, social issues, and politics, and staying fully engaged in life. And, we're the most fun grandmas and grandpas ever! We’re feeling good, having fun, and doing it with style!
Ladies and Gentlemen ~ Our ranks are growing, and we are a force to be reckoned with!