This Letter to the Editor in yesterday’s New York Times really touched me, especially as a woman looking at 60.
I want to re-print it in its entirety, because, well, what would I want to leave out?
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“It took me until my 60s to realize that there is no such thing as a formerly beautiful woman.
Having started out as a shy guy in the ’60s — I met my wife in high school in 1966 — and having just celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary, I can say without question that she is more beautiful to me than ever. (And she was stunning in high school.) [Chery: please stop reading.] So are most other women.
Women who are stunning when young are still stunning when they’re old, and women who are plain when they’re young are beautiful when they’re old. They don’t have to work at it, though most of them do.
Of course my wife, the aforementioned Chery, is the most beautiful of all of them. Always will be. Lucky me.”
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Thank you, Mr. Kasdorf, you are a plain-spoken man who is probably also a very happy one. Though I still enjoy gilding the lily, I try to look at my aging self with loving eyes, like Bill here. Wishing the same for all of you.
Huge thanks to Sally of Already Pretty, an inspiring woman and blogger, for featuring Not Dead Yet Style in her post yesterday. Sally is a star in the blogging cosmos!
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