Entries in Books (6)
Mrs. G. usually hesitates to give anything close to advice but not today: You need to check these out.
Mrs. G. went to a book store yesterday to buy a novel a friend recommended to her. She couldn't remember the name of the author so when she entered the store she walked over to the information counter, behind which stood a lady in a pale yellow sweater.
Lady in the pale yellow sweater: May I help you?
Mrs. G: I can't rememember the name of the author who wrote a book I'm looking for. The book is called You Deserve Nothing.
Lady in the pale yellow sweater (repeating the title as she types it into her computer): Yooou. Deseeerve. Nothiiing.
Mrs. G: It's a a self-help book...for children.
Lady in the pale yellow sweater stops typing and looks at Mrs. G.
Mrs. G: Kidding! It's fiction.
Lady in the pale yellow sweater:............
Mrs. G. (forced to sputter the mantra of the frequently misunderstood): I was just joking.
The moment, it was over. And perfectly good material? Wasted.
Mrs. G. can get lost in a novel like nobody's business. She doesn't read nearly as much as she used to, but she still manages to tackle nearly a book a week.
Mrs. G. stumbled across an article in the New York Times that simultaneously riled and unnerved her. The article discussed the best selling book How Not To Look Old by Charla Krupp. The book is a self-help primer on how to disguise and camouflage the fact that you are over the age of 25. How to fight getting older with the same vigilance as you would heart disease and cancer.
Chapter headings include:
- Nothing Ages You Like...Forehead Lines
- Nothing Ages You Like...Yellow Teeth
- Nothing Ages You Like...Sagging Skin
- Nothing Ages You Like...Grey Brow Hairs
As far as Mrs. G. can tell, according to Krupp, nothing ages you like, let's see, aging. Krupp insists that it's not just about vanity anymore. Looking young and fresh is crucial to job security.
Whether we want to admit it or not, in male corporate America we would rather have a cute, sexy 30-year-old working for us than a 50-year-old with gray hair who has let herself go and looks out of it, not in the swing of it, like a nun...My book is hitting a nerve because I am giving not looking old a spin as if your life depended on it.
Mrs. G. wants to make sure she has this straight. She not only has to raise the children, take care of the house, teach a few classes and keep her family's life spinning like a carefully balanced wash load, but now, when she has a minute, she needs put the brake on aging and stop time?
And, sadly, there is current research by The Center for Retirement that contends women over 50 were granted interviews for potential jobs forty percent less than their younger counterparts. Well that's just great. Looking younger can pay the bills. Looking your age will cost you.
Mrs. G. will enter the workforce full-time in the next few years. After having been home raising children for the last seventeen years, now she can question her relevance and validity as a valuable employee and worry that she isn't pretty enough, that she doesn't look ten years younger. At forty-one, a few little lines have set in, the chin is loosening it's grip and the breasts require industrial strength support. There's this distinct gut. And get this...Mrs. G. looks her age.
Has Mrs. G. lost touch with reality? Is she the only woman who would rather look like...this...