I Wanna Be Forever Young–From Within

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Forever Young.”

Bonaparte and I were walking through Nordstrom’s the other day when I spotted the most beautiful dress. I’m telling you, this dress spoke to me.


This dress also spoke to a couple of celebrities who are younger, thinner, and more leggier than me!

laura-marano-and-ted-baker-collar dress

Yeah. Definitely younger!

It said:

Hello Cathe!” “Come over.” “Feel me”. “Take me in your arms and caress me and walk to the fitting room and try me on”. “I shall be yours.” “I am the kind of little black dress that you adore”. “Simple with a rather subtle white lace collar and cuffs—the kind of dress that a woman who has worn uniforms for years loves….”

I was in a trance. Really. I was!


Oh beautiful Ted Baker dress, you had me at the white lace collar!!!!!

Bonaparte knew what I was thinking—he saw that glazed look. He knew I was going to grab that dress. But before I could even reach out to grab the hanger, he tapped me on the shoulder and said to me:

“Cassie!” “Ou cannot try zhat dress on.” “Pu’ eet bek”. “Ou ahr too ol’ to wahr eet.” “Em sorry, Cassie—eez jus’ too short for a womahn of ewahr ahzh.”

Translation: Cathe. You cannot try that dress on. Put it back. You are too old to wear it. I’m sorry Cathe, it’s just too short for a woman of your age”.

His words hit me like a quick, sharp slap to the face. I had an emotional welt.

When we got into the car I teared up and told him that I wanted to be young forever.

The reality is, I can’t be young forever.

When I arrived home I took a good look at myself. My legs are not taut the way they were when I was young. My knees are growing crepey. My thighs are a bit flabby and the blue tint of lined veins are starting to surface.


I’ll tell you, the best fake tan cannot disguise the marks of age that my legs have acquired. The short, short dresses are a thing of the past for me.  But WHY do designers not create more youthful looks for women over 50–or 60????

The dress was so short that even with black tights and over-the-knee boots, I would look like I was trying to recapture the days of my youth—and I have to admit, it wouldn’t really look that great. It would look like a costume.

That dress was so short if I bent over my “origin of the world” would be in full view! (Google Gustave Courbet’s painting “The Origin of the World” and you’ll know what I’m talking about!)

I realized two things after that little trip to Nordies.

The first is that I’m sad that designers only make cute dresses geared to youth. Had Ted Baker made the same dress in various lengths, I definitely would have purchased it if  it just grazed the middle of my knees. I may be older, but I like my dresses at a shorter, not below-the-knee length.

The second realization is this—I may be older, but my spirit remains youthful. My spirit and my thoughts will always remain youthful. I never want to shut my mind and spirit off to anything new and exciting.

Would I drink from the Fountain of Youth if I had the opportunity?

Fountain of Youth

I may partake in a little sip of the youth’s “eau de vivre”!

I wouldn’t drink—but I most definitely would take a sip or two–if only for my spirit!

About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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18 Responses to I Wanna Be Forever Young–From Within

  1. BunKaryudo says:

    Hi, Catherine! I don’t think I would have a sipful of that water at the Fountain of Youth. I’d be far more likely to pull up with a tanker truck and an industrial pump.

    • Catherine says:

      LOL! I love your honesty! I’d take the sips!!! But I really get all angst-ridden thinking about my increasing age…..

      • BunKaryudo says:

        Well, ideally, I’d rather have stayed about 35. Unaccountably, I wasn’t offered that option so I’ve made up my mind just to enjoy being here.

        Anyway, getting older does have its compensations too. At least, I think it does, but unfortunately my memory’s not what it once was.

  2. Miss Bougie says:

    I so hear you! The clothes on offer often don’t go with our spirit, which has stayed young for the majority of us. Even when we’re 50 or 60 on paper, we don’t necessarily look that age. But the body, even well maintained, has changed, so some things are out. It’s all about ageing gracefully but in style. Luckily I get to shop at Galéries Lafayette.

  3. Jean says:

    Sigh. I understand

  4. Vibrant says:

    As usual hilarious post. 🙂

    How do you do this everyday?

    Have a great week ahead.

    Anand 🙂

  5. Leslie Preston says:

    Well, I don’t feel old, but I think that dress is even a touch too short for those young ladies. To me, it’s “almost good,” but not. Lower it a couple of inches. Plus, that collar makes me think of Judge Judy, you know? Give me a nice, basic sheath dress. I’ll work on my arms….

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Leslie. Right?? I love the dress but that length. How do those girls even sit in that dress? LOL–Oh, I’m not even working on the arms! XOXOXOXO!!!

  6. Diane says:

    That’s my kind of little black dress although it would need to be not so little.

  7. maidsdayoff says:

    As usual, spot on Catherine! Clothing seems to be made for 18 year olds and 80 year olds and not much in between. :-/
    I hope to keep my spirit youthful too. It’s just going to have to do it in slacks. 🙂

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