I Would Have Worn A Dress And Patent Leather Shoes

If I was eight and doing a recital I would have worn a dress and patent leather shoes.  And some horrible looking bow with a whale spout on top of my head.

Because it would have been how my mother would have told me to dress.

I also would not have wanted to do a recital.

Nor would I have been disciplined enough to practice anything to go to a recital to recital for.

I’m no longer eight.

And I no longer have hair long enough to do a whale spout with.

And I can dress myself any darn way I want.  Rest assured it does not include bows or dresses.  Plenty of tennis shoes and jeans.

And I do have discipline to stick with something long enough to find the joy in it.  Or learn that it isn’t for me.

What I don’t have….is the youth.

What I do have…is the desire.

The desire to discover things in life.  To try all of the things that interest me.  Even if it is only for a day.  Or a week.  Or longer.  Now that I have the self discipline to practice at things, I look forward to it.

I may have a garage and house full of bow and arrows, paints, wood carving stuff, jigsaw cutting stuff, bracelet making stuff, Renaissance Fair stuff, work out equipment, bikes, kayaks, xylophones, tin whistles, bodhran, martial arts weapons and gear, etc…

I shudder to think of the time wasted in my life where I didn’t explore.  Where I didn’t learn.  Where I didn’t do.

So at my new age, my older age, I explore what I can.

And I hope my children and their children are encouraged to try.  To explore.  To see what they can do.  And to find the joy in learning about anything that peaks their interest.  Even if only for a day.  Or two.  There’s nothing wrong with being intrigued by something, explore that something, and learn that it isn’t something you’re interested in after all.

It’s how we learn about us.  What if we are meant to be great at something but we never explore to find that something we are great at.  (I learned something else new today, I can end a sentence with a preposition if it sounds too contrived to change it.  The internet told me so.  So it must be so.)

So I did my first recital the other day.  I didn’t wear what I would have worn when I was eight.  But, then again, I wouldn’t have done a recital when I was eight.  So I’ve come full circle.  Or 180 degrees.  Or …. I just got older and have decided I want to do things.   So I do.

And in case you are wondering what a whale spout is:

Whale Spout

Yes.  That is my hair.  Spouting off of the top of my head.  And I am in a dress.  With patent leather shoes.

Tried that.  Didn’t like it.

Moving on.

37 thoughts on “I Would Have Worn A Dress And Patent Leather Shoes

  1. Good for you. 🙂 So glad the days of patent leather shoes are way in the past, and funny toe shoes are in the present. And thank you for sharing the news about ending sentences with prepositions, because sometimes there doesn’t seem to be a better way.


    • Preposition shreposition. I say use the words that you need to use! I revolt against laws of word dictatorship. Or I’m just really bad at sentence structure. Eh. And hooray for toe shoes! Such comfort, and they make much more sense. 😉


  2. Funny how we become much more interested in learning as time goes by. You write the truth. I blush when I think of the whale spout, but it wasn’t me, it was my daughter dressing up her girls and…
    We had the comb roll, like a French twist except on top of your head. Ugh.


    • Oh the spout….I don’t even know if a real picture exists of me having this upon my head. But I remember it well…

      The comb roll, the French twist, the whale spout…. WHY Tess WHY???? 😉


  3. What’s this? Another lovely blog from Chatter Master?? Indeed, you describe well what many of us desire, i.e., “know then what we know now” disease… Keep up the desire to discover new things in life and share them with us.

    (ps I see you have everything in your abode listed…down to the xylophone.)


  4. Go you! Well done. I have taught many “older” people to swim. The eldest was 70. My mum is in her 80s and she is learning how to use her ipad.
    I taught myself the keyboard and how to read music two years ago. I too love learning new things. Age is only a number!


    • Amen Tric. I was convinced I was supposed to be playing SOMETHING musical so I tried numerous different instruments. I actually got the beating of the bodhran down pretty good, but it was only different beats, it wasn’t ‘music’. So this time I decided to do lessons. And every time someone shows me something new, I can feel my husband start to twitch in fear…. haha! Only kidding…kind of…

      Learning to swim at 70? Fantastic! ipad? When she learns maybe she can show me. 😉


    • 🙂 Thank you! That should be a mantra…. “never stop …..” Thanks for liking my art. I can’t believe how many of those little people show up in my every day now. 🙂 My kids even made me a birthday cake shaped like one! 🙂


  5. Hmm. I like this a lot. It had me think of the word challenge again, and how that might be different for different people. I tend to connote challenge as being something against my nature, like the whale spouts. Not, as in discovering if I want to delight in it, or to leave the rest. Thanks for reminding me to look sideways.


  6. As you know, I too love to explore. It make life all the more interesting, and it’s fascinating that exploring the world around us, indeed, leads to self discovery. Congrats, my friend.

    Exploring Ecuador,


  7. I know I should be adding something interesting to this but all I can think of is when you made that video playing your xylophone and how you practiced in the car for dear, dear, hubby. It makes me so happy. I cannot quit smiling!


  8. Just love your “whale”!!!! My grandma always said that – when the devil gets old, she becomes religious – that I think that is what it’s … the older we get the more we want to learn, because we may be loose out on something .. and we wouldn’t like to do that – do we ?????
    When it was about my profession I was always to learn more and look at how other did, but not anymore. I think my motherboard is so full of stuff already. I learn something new everyday …. Anyhow from the world around me – my blogging world … I don’t have that hunger anymore, but I hope that doesn’t mean I have given up. NO, I don’t think so.
    As you say here – you have tried things … and it didn’t work out then and you have given it a try. I think that is very important, because so many times we say – no, because we don’t think it will work.
    But also because it didn’t work then .. it doesn’t mean it doesn’t work this time. Do I make sense???
    Great post … great thoughts.


  9. What??? You had a guitar recital?? How did it go? Are you ready to go pro yet? I didn’t realize you were that far along in your lessons to be doing recitals! Good for you! I also echo Liz’s comment about the xylophone…that one always sticks out in my head and makes me smile! I think we need a snippet of guitar playing on here!


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