When Jennie Darren appeared on Britain’s Got Talent this year she looked like the stereotypical grandma; quite a sweet little thing behind glasses, old lady clothes and with that sort of naive innocence that grandmas. spend many years carefully cultivating.
It’s their protection, you see, a strategy for getting the best out of life by never revealing the truth behind the properness of that carefully crafted image. The truth of their feelings is often hidden way inside.
Don’t be fooled. When that door closes they have more fun than almost any other groups you can think of. The door is soundproof fortunately. You wouldn’t believe the goings on there...
Lately even young folks, sometimes even with their younger babies have taken to joining the group. It’s where the real action is, you see, a chance for them to have a taste of what was seen, heard, and learned in days gone by.
They get to enjoy the shock value in the humor that the more wicked of these oh-so-demure females express. The scheming, gossiping, laughing, all at high decibels, ( everyone wants to contribute) makes for a heady mix. It’s a sisterhood.
Older women have lived, you see. They remember when there was no technology to speak of. They’ve managed through war, anxiety, many losses, health issues. They show you how to make the best of things, no matter what life hands you.
They use those SEO titles you read on line as fodder to give them gentle smiles. They know it takes more than 7 Steps to give you a contented life! But it’s good for a laugh, anyway, even if the guy who wrote it is still “wet behind the ears!”
Bodies don’t look or behave like they used to. But they make the best of it, and reading the obituary column spurs them on to do that. Some even have fitbits.
Anyway, back to Jennie. She used to sing and travel with the group AC/DC, the only woman who ever sang with them.
Since she appeared on Britain’s got talent 2018 there’s been a huge resurgence in her work. There she is, unmistakably not what the botoxed cookie cutter image of a modern music star should look like.
They do their best. Sure, in many cases their computer expertise consists of limited Facebook family stuff, and sending emails, but that too should be cause for respect. Without that grandmother you wouldn’t even be reading this today.
Dinner at grandma’s now often is a wasted silent affair with folks busy on their personal devices at the table. Here’s a news flash...Older women truly hate that!
If you want to get them riled, just do that. And even when you think you’ve come off best with it, remember they’ll store it in their memory for later, when they’ll joke about you to their friends!
And then everyone will know what you’re like! Even though they’ll shake your hand politely when they meet you, they’ll be stifling a giggle.
They were educated in all sorts of ways you’ll never have the privilege of knowing. All too often now they’re regarded just with tolerance, but if you have time just to ask one question about their younger lives you’ll discover you’ve unlocked a treasure house of history.
That’s because every older woman is a walking, talking, Wikipedia.
Woo-hoo to the old ladies!