I have something for older women. No, not what you might be thinking – that’s a whole different topic. In a crowded cafe one morning last week, the only vacant seat was at a table occupied by three ladies of a certain age.
When I cheekily invited myself to take the vacant seat, I was immediately thrown into a hilarious hour of conversations spanning bumble dating, Jane Austen vs. Hillary Mantel, George Clooney’s fading looks, and the additional uses of olive oil beyond salads. It was an hour of laughter and banter that only age can bring.
Older women over 60 know who they are, where they want to go and what they don’t want. The female generation after the Big Six O is far from caring what the world thinks of them as they have earned the right to make their own rules.
Like my trio of caffeine companions, they’re at home with lines and wrinkles—an atlas of the many paths that have been trodden, even those distant tributaries left by the marks of their tears.
I always liked Dolly Parton’s quick response to the Primetime host asking her what people would say about her in 100 years: “Damn, doesn’t she still look good for her age!”
An Irish legend steeped in Dolly’s daring will speed up the plow and direct traffic at Europe’s largest agricultural show next month, as it has done for over 60 years.
At the heart of the National Plowing Championships, which opens in Ratheniska on September 20th, is Anna May McHugh, just under 88, a woman whose unerring eye for a thousand details held the key to the €50m success of this three-day Woodstock for Farmers” remains.
Born in an era when women’s roles were confined to housework and motherhood, she set eons ahead of her time as an example of female leadership – a legend worthy of a monument of similar magnitude to Larkin and Pearse.
And though the years are inexorably ticking by, the thought of her retiring is a performance destined only for the manure pit.
“It’s a shame that people retire at 65, I really enjoy working and to be honest I don’t know what I would do when I retire.”
1,500 miles south, another icon who doesn’t care about age threw her feather boa in the ring to make politics.
Italian cinema icon Gina Lollobrigida will be running for Senate in her country’s elections next month, weeks after celebrating her 95th birthday.
“Italy is in bad shape and I’m tired of hearing politicians argue, I want to do something positive as long as I have energy.”
How many Irish women from Malin Head to Sherkin Island would share such a sentiment? As with so many things, it comes down to attitude. Defying the hourglass’s eternal shadow, Joan Collins, 89, danced to Blondie’s in a blue bikini heart of Glass last week.
“I never think about age, it’s all about how you feel. I’ve seen women 35 who are old and people 75 who are young,” she said.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/saluting-women-of-a-certain-age-who-are-still-ploughing-their-own-furrow-41927265.html Welcoming women of a certain age who are still going their own way