I am vain. And I don’t like looking old. And that’s why I had the profile pic below (from April 2008) on my blog until this year. There wasn’t another one taken in the last seven years that I liked as much.
Then at my nephew’s wedding reception last month, my younger brother was sitting opposite me and took some photos I approved of. The new one at the side >>>>>is one of them. I like it, but I think it makes me look a bit matronly. Whereas this one makes me look more fun:
Why am I going on about all of this when last week I was talking about refugees? Look: I am shallow as well as sensitive.
I just binge-watched the whole of a new Netflix series, Grace and Frankie, about two seventy-year-old women, whose husbands have left them for each other – i.e. the men love each other and want to get married. The series has several flaws. As one example, there are issues raised which are only glanced at, when I would want them explored more fully. But this isn’t a review.
The stars are Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen.
But the women are the main focus – how refreshing – and it’s their different images which interests me.
Jane Fonda plays Grace, who is uptight and cold, formal, conservative, and is always, always beautifully made-up, coiffed and dressed. She is thin and beautiful. She looks 64, she plays 70, but in real life she is 77. Amazing. And yet finally (!) I don’t want to have her body. She looks fake. And uncomfortable. And you couldn’t cuddle her.
Lily Tomlin, who plays Frankie, is the one I am mesmerised by. She is a warm aging hippie, with long thick hair, not beautiful like Fonda, but she has a really interesting face, and arty, way-out clothes, very stylish. It’s Tomlin who intrigues me. And yes, she does look cuddlable. And fun.
I think I’ve just found out where this blog post is going: I’ve reached a new stage in the aging process. I no longer want to look like an aging rock chick. I want to be like Frankie: to look unconventionally stylish, interesting, comfortable and fun. And if any of you know where Lily Tomlin/Frankie gets her clothes, please tell me.