Sunday, October 22, 2006

Invisible women?


I popped over to the local superstore earlier on, in search of some t-shirts for work. Whilst in the changing room I was accosted by a friend that I haven't seen for a while.


'Quick, come in here' she said 'Tell me what you think of this.'


I was confronted by a heaving bosom straining under some garish looking sequins.


'See, this is the trouble.' she moaned ' Nothing fits, sizes are all wrong and what does it matter anyway?'


'Course it matters, we all like to look nice' I said.


'No, it's no good,' she said eyeing my Sunday best 'at forty no one notices what you're wearing. No one at all.'


'Really?'


'Oh yes, when you get to our age you might as well be invisible.'


I left her trying to yank the dodgy looking sequins back over her head, paid for my t-shirts and headed outside.
The wind was just getting up as I crossed the car park and my butterfly skirt started blowing up. I battled with it, grabbing handfuls of fabric to stop my dignity from blowing away as well, but in the end I thought 'sod it. Let it go, I'm invisible, who's going to notice?'
Funny really, being forty is quite liberating!

14 comments:

Roberta said...

If you think 40 is liberating, wait until you hit 50! (I did, this past May) There is a certain dignity about it. A sense of FINALLY being old enough to say exactly what is on your mind.

When you can remember to say it, that is... ;)

jta said...

Forty's no problem. Maybe it's the sequins...

Maxine said...

Yes, an invisibility cloak can be liberating, I agree. (esp. for us 150-year-olds)

Minx said...

Err, think I've been doing that for a while now Roberta. The only difference now, is that no one can see me, apparently.
So how do you get this cloak off Maxine? Not sure that I want one all the time, only for a little wickedness maybe!!

And jta, didn't have the heart to tell her that sequins should only ever be seen on a four-year-old. Tits that size were never designed to be shiny!!

skint writer said...

Well - you're already wearing purple

Minx said...

How do you know me pajamas is purple - you can see me???

Susan Abraham said...

Better to be invisible, Minx.
Then your life stays your own.
Anyway, after next week, your life will change in subtle sudden ways. But for the good. Not the bad.

Minx said...

I don't want to be invisible and I don't want to be dignified - help!

jason evans said...

That skirt move worked for Marilyn Monroe as well!

No one is invisible who chooses not to be.

Minx said...

You're right Jason, but I think Marilyn had better legs than me.
Anyway, I choose not!

Marie said...

I was dreading the big 40 this year but now that I'm no longer in my 30s I don't feel any different. I still feel like I'm 18 - though I'm a lot wiser of course! I wonder if I'll feel the same at 50.

Sharon J said...

What a pity I was only 16 when my skirt blew over my head showing off my naked bum (and front bottom).

Minx said...

My kind of woman Sharon - do it again. Ah go on, you know you want to!

Confucious Trevaskis said...

Don't worry Minxy - I'll still look up your skirt......