"If you aren't sparkling people won't understand what you're saying."
I just found out that a lady with whom I visited once a week for over a year at a local assisted living facility has passed away. She was very dear to me.
Sometimes, because I have so many interests that are outdated, I am able to converse more easily with folks much older than I am. I love to learn from them.
During our visits we talked about her life in the 1950s and 60s, Sinatra, shopping, old movies, and as she liked to call it, "junkin'" otherwise known as "antiquing" or "yard sale-ing." I'm an avid picker and love to go to flea markets, estate sales and the like. I'd tell her about my adventures and often brought her something from my travels. One such gift was a pair of framed "Pinkie" and "Blue Boy" prints to hang in her room. She spoke about having them long ago and how she missed them. She also loved to wear flashy jewelry, beads, bangles and lovely sequined ensembles. I often brought her pieces of vintage costume jewelry I had purchased that I didn't have the courage to wear. She said I reminded her of Barbara Streisand from the movie "The Way We Were" because I was always "fighting" for something (and yes, I had told her about my book.)
One time I was anxious about speaking publicly against a cause important to me. She said I should borrow one of her gowns when I made my appearance because: "If you aren't sparkling people won't understand what you're saying."
I thought that was so cute and I think it's true!
I'm sharing this with you because if you love vintage there are many lonely "vintage" people in "homes" near you who would love to share their wisdom from the past. Please consider volunteering as a friendly visitor. You might wonder why you hadn't done it sooner!