Saturday, May 21, 2011


Whimsical is not an adjective that I - or anyone who knows me well - would use to describe me.  Dependable - yes.  Responsible - yes.  Serious - yes.  But whimsical?  Never.

But as I got dressed today that is the word that popped into my head.

See, I have not exactly embraced the turning-50-and-becoming-a-grandmother phase of life.  While I may only feel 35, the calendar - and my aching joints - keep reminding me that is not the case.

So I decided this spring to embrace the poem, When I Grow Old, I Shall Wear Purple.  Not embrace it as in become a member of the garish red-hat society, but rather, I really like the last lines as they are paired with the first

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple. 

In other words - stop caring so much about what others think and start living for me.  So I have decided to begin embracing this new-found attitude by adding the color purple to my wardrobe.  I needed some new t-shirts anyway (I think after five seasons I can safely say that I got my money's worth) - and so I focused on purple Ts rather than my traditional black and brown palate.

Yesterday I decided to treat myself to a trip to Charming Charlies in celebration of another completed school year.  By adding all these purple shirts to my wardrobe, I decided that I wanted a purple watch to match.  I found one (and a ring and a bracelet).  So today when I got dressed I put on my purple T - my purple watch - my purple ring - and my purple bracelet.

Now this will sound silly, I know, but I have always admired painted toenails - somehow it signifies a lady of leisure to me -- which is probably why I never take the time to provide myself with that luxury.  I mean there is the time it takes to actually paint - and because I am so inexperienced, the inevitable clean up around each toe - and then the added time to sit and wait until the paint dries so it doesn't smudge.  It was just not worth the effort.  But I decided to treat myself and I took the time to paint my toenails --- PURPLE!

And when I finished I felt like a teenage girl again.  So free, frivolous, and well....whimsical.

Yes, I am not yet old, but I shall wear purple and embrace this new phase of life.


  1. Oh, how I LOVE it! You're living on the wild-side and I am so proud of this celebration. I think I will join right in... I will wear my turquoise shirt (because everyone looks good in turquoise!) and I will wear my amethyst ring. I adore the bold and the brave and yet I have always lived in the timid. It's time to let go and celebrate.

    Here's to whimsical!

  2. PS - Think you look mah-velous!!

  3. I wasn't allowed to wear purple as a child - my dad said it reminded him of funerals - and still have no purple in my wardrobe. Maybe I need to take a page out of your book and live on the wild side!

  4. This post brought a big smile to my face, Molly!

  5. LOVE this!! You look fabulous! Hooray for whimsy:)

  6. That color really suits you, you know? And I love the toenails. I've been dabbling in light pink toenails lately, a blast back to my teenage years!

  7. This is your color!! Your face looks so happy and fun!!! I love the toes...embrace this new you!

  8. Molly, your self-portrait is absolutely beautiful. I love your smile! And, you only have to take a look at my blog to know how I feel about purple. LOL

    I love purple and have quite a bit of it and also pink. Dark pink is a favorite as well. And...painted toenails are a must in my book. For me anyway. I'm so glad you are feeling light and bright and whimsical!

  9. Molly, somehow you slipped off my blogroll when I moved from google reader. I found you through another blog and realized how much I missed hearing about your life. Pls forgive me? Now I am wondering who else I missed?

    I think it is very cool that you have found the new you and a cool color to boot! Enjoy your Sunday and well.

  10. Molly I am loving the purple!! It has become a huge colour in my life recently too. Last year when I found out I was pregnant all I could picture was a beautiful purple nursery...even before the ultrasound told us the baby was a girl. I knew because of the purple! Enjoy this time.

  11. Purple is your color!!! Here's to spontaneity, simple joy--and whimsy :)

  12. Good for you!! And you look vibrant and happy in purple! It suits you!

  13. Yay YOU! Glad to see you are relaxing a little bit. Should be good for your stress level.

  14. HaHa! That is so cool. I still have myself on waaaaaaaay too tight of a leash to ever imagine painting my nails--toes or fingers, but congratulations to you. I have been adding purple to my wardrobe, and even to my home, which I thought would never accomodate it. According to Feng Shui, adding purple will bring wealth into your life. If nothing else, it adds change.

  15. Kudos to you, Molly! And purple looks great on you!


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