Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I Like Her Attitude !

I HATE, HATE, HATE to get up in the morning. As a little girl, my poor Mother would use every weapon in her Mommy arsenal from cajoling to threatening, and everything in between, to get me out of bed in the morning.

It wasn’t that I didn’t want to go school; I liked school and was always a good student. It was just that school started at what I considered to be an unreasonably early hour.

At University I scheduled as many classes as possible in the afternoons and worked at a department store in the evenings.

But, inevitably, there came a time when I had to join the mainstream work force and show up at an office by 8:30 a.m. EVERY MORNING!! Quelle horreur!! I never really got the hang of it.

And, just as inevitably, I fell in love with and married a “morning” person. (Saw that one coming, didn’t you?!)

My husband gets up BEFORE the alarm goes off just to get a jump on the day.

He goes for a run in the park, then shaves, showers and dresses and settles down to breakfast with Allegra and Cecilia, two of our cats, and the Wall Street Journal.

After kissing my still sleeping face and whispering “I love you,” he grabs his briefcase and heads out the door to take on the world.

Over the years of our marriage, we have adapted quite well to our differing biorhythms.

When I eventually do manage to get myself out of bed, Victor and I stumble down to the kitchen together. Victor, not really an “up‘n at’em” kinda cat, prefers soft morning snuggles to taking on the world. I quite agree.

I give Victor his breakfast, put the kettle on for my tea and settle down for a quiet read. My husband has left a neat pile of articles from the Wall Street Journal with notes such as, “You’ll enjoy this,” or “This will make you smile, even in the morning,” etc., etc. After almost 35 years of marriage, he knows my taste in reading material.

My Darjeeling is steeping in a Brown Betty when I run across a WSJ piece at the top of which he has scrawled, “I like this lady’s attitude!”

Manhattanite Linda Rodin is a former model, stylist to the famous and the creator of Olio Lusso, a beauty oil that clients and salons are buying up by the barrel.

She’s 63 years old and wears no make-up, other than lipstick, which she never leaves home without. I couldn’t agree more. A great shade of lipstick is the quickest, easiest and best thing a woman can do for her face at any age, but particularly as we age when the natural blush of our youthful lips begins to fade.

As I read the interview by Nicole Berrie, I discover Ms. Rodin and I have a lot in common.

We use the same cleansing lotion every evening – Cetaphil Lotion – which is available at your local drugstore and has been around for years. It’s gentle, effective and if I want something a bit richer in the winter months, I mix in a few drops of my moisturizing lotion to create a creamier face wash.

We wash and moisturize our faces while still wet before going to bed and splash on warm water only and moisturize, again while still wet, in the morning.

We are neither of us devotees of the current philosophy of constantly drinking water all day long. Ms. Rodin says, “I don't drink water except at night. My liquid is a cappuccino every morning and two glasses of wine at night.” I’ll drink to that!

I never cease to marvel at the number of grown men and women walking around sucking on bottles of water every five minutes to ward off the dreaded state of “dehydration!!” Yikes! Frankly, if I drink too much water during the day, I feel positively waterlogged.

And, finally, I must give major kudos to Ms. Rodin’s attitude towards aging. I’ll let her speak for herself.

“The secret to aging gracefully is maintenance. Botox is fine in moderation, but the more you do the older you look. You can't chase youth. You'll just look old with a facelift.” Amen to that.

We all know women who have gone too far and done too much. They end up looking as if their faces were put together by a committee. Not a pretty sight.

Yes, I think my husband was right. “I like this lady's attitude!”