Aging Gracefully, Plumbers Crack & Encouragement for Writers

Well, it’s Saturday, and on this particular Saturday, this means five things:

1) This is a repost
2) I am linking a really good interview from earlier in the week.
3) There you go…
4) I like even numbered points.
5) But five is good, too.

So, I recently lost some weight. Not a lot, but enough weight that I can no longer wear any of my pants without them falling down. For a while I could simply belt them to keep them up. But now when I try to wear a belt all the fabric gets bunched up and I kinda look like some backwoods hillbilly holding up their jeans with a rope. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that; I’m just saying. No offense, West Virginia.)
I bought some smaller jeans at Sam’s Club the other day. Which, BTW is where all the trendsetters buy their clothes while shopping for toilet paper and paper towels in bulk. I got these jeans pretty cheap (the best kind) and they were Levis bootcut, so I knew there was a possibility they might fit me — a rare quality in a pair of jeans. The problem with buying clothing at Sam’s is, there are no dressing rooms, so you can’t try anything on. (Actually, you can, but I’ve found that they tend to frown upon this practice.)

Where was I going with this? Oh yeah, I remember now. I get home, put away all my bulk items and tried on my new jeans. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they actually fit very well. The only problem is that they are the low rise variety. Which is fine. But these are the really low rise variety. I modeled them for my hubby and he thought they looked good. My daughter saw them and asked that I wear them to school when I came to read to her class. She likes to pick out my clothes so that I can look “fancy”.

Now, I’m at a point in my life where I think twice about what I’m wearing. As much as I try not to, I do care what other people’s impressions are of my outward appearance. Did I look like a middle-aged housewife trying to look hip? I’ve been told by friends that they don’t think of me as being 43, but I’ve always chalked that up to the fact that I’m extremely immature, not from any youthful appearance. I don’t want to become a parody like Sally O’Malley going around screaming, “I’m 50!” It bugs me that so many women (and men nowadays) are so afraid to age gracefully. I say this somewhat hypocritically because I color my hair every month to cover up the grey. So I ask you — how old is too old to wear low rise jeans?

I decided to go ahead and wear my new, hip jeans. They were a bit on the long side so I wore some high heeled boots. (Not real boots, but those slip on ones that look like boots. I have huge calves that make wearing most boots impossible — but that’s another story.) I gotta admit that I was feeling pretty sassy when I went up to my daughter’s class. My daughter gave me a big hug and told me I looked “fancy”. That’s pretty high praise from her. As I do each Friday, I read to her class then went to the cafeteria to have lunch with her. The lunch tables are basically large, picnic tables — no chairs only benches. When I sat down, I was not feeling sassy. I was feeling a draft. I was feeling grateful that grapes were not on the menu because kids from neighboring tables could have enjoyed a rousing game of butt-crack basketball. Awkward…

So, enough about me, how was your Friday?

Update: Speaking of weight loss (or not), have you tried the new deep fried macaroni and cheese bites from Jack in the Box? They’re delightful!

And now a partial repost from Wednesday’s post:

If you’re not a regular visitor here (I forgive you) or if you don’t have a firm grasp of the obvious, one of the goals of this blog is to help promote and encourage other writers. That wasn’t my original intent when I started blogging, but after some reflection and much prayer, I truly believe that this is the path God is leading me down. As if to confirm this conviction, about a week after I made that decision I came across a little blog called What I Learned Today. In just a few short months, a whole bunch of really cool things have happened with Billy’s writing career, and it’s been a pleasure to witness some minor and major victories along the way.

As if to confirm this conviction, about a week after I made that decision I came across a little blog called What I Learned Today. In just a few short months, a whole bunch of really cool things have happened with Billy’s writing career, and it’s been a pleasure to witness some minor and major victories along the way.

For those of you who think you are skilled and masochistic enough to pursue writing as a full time career, I’d like to invite you over to Sara Tribble’s blog, I Am Write to read a really fantastic interview with Billy Coffey. It’s good, y’all…

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13 Responses to “Aging Gracefully, Plumbers Crack & Encouragement for Writers”

  1. Nitewrit August 8, 2009 at 7:47 am #


    When is it too old to wear low-rise jeans? I'm not sure it is so much an age-thing. I'd say when your belly has too much rise to fit within the low of the jeans, its time to stop wearing them.

    Larry E.

  2. Jeanne Damoff August 8, 2009 at 9:54 am #

    >You make me laugh. I started loving this post at the numbered list. 🙂

    I'm not sure how low is "low" in this case, but I think jeans style has a lot to do with body type, weight, etc., and less to do with age. Wear what looks best on you (or in this case, what looks "fancy").

    Loved the interview! Thanks for linking to it.

    Happy Saturday!
    Love, Jeanne

  3. Beth August 8, 2009 at 11:13 am #

    >After reading Nitewrit's comment, I have an urge to say…MUFFINTOP!

    Okay. I feel better now.

  4. Nick the Geek August 8, 2009 at 1:42 pm #

    >This was written 441 years ago and they didn't stone you for wearing pants? I don't remember what else I was gonna say but I'm sure it was brilliant so imagine the most brilliant thing I could have said and then make it more brilliant.

    I blame Beth for saying Muffin Top.

  5. Wendy August 8, 2009 at 1:54 pm #

    >There was enough of your crack showing to use grapes for butt-crack basketball? Oh, that's bad. Most of the time you can only use raisins for that game.

  6. Billy Coffey August 8, 2009 at 3:46 pm #

    >SO glad I'm a guy. As long as it'll mostly cover us, we'll wear it. Fancy or not.

  7. Anne L.B. August 8, 2009 at 5:26 pm #

    >Katdish, I don't think you get too old for low-rise jeans as long as you wear those tanks (A-lines?) that go WAY long to assure coverage of plumber crack, spare-tire hangover, and stretch marks. (Maybe they're also called wife-beater shirts, but if a wife wears them I'm not sure what they're called.)

    Boots? Cool.

  8. katdish August 8, 2009 at 7:36 pm #


    Your comment seems to assume I have one or more of the body characteristics listed. Plumber's crack? Yes. The others? Not so much…

  9. Anne L.B. August 8, 2009 at 8:52 pm #

    >Katdish, mind you I was talking in a general sense, of course. Anybody who's dropped enough weight to have bunched up denim obviously doesn't have spillover issues. Besides which, I'd never insult the nice chicken lady who told the redneck to quit punching me.

    As for plumber's cracks … if you ever manage to eliminate that one I'm sure this is the only blog in my reader to tackle THAT kind of 'splainin. I've got my own issues with my post for Monday on circumcision. After that I may have some interesting Google analytics like you were asking about.

  10. Kim August 9, 2009 at 12:54 am #

    >this is why I love the long shirts that are in style now, and in particular the long tank tops I can layer under them. having a long turso, this tends to be an annoying issue…
    Thank you for the smile and for your uplifting blog 🙂

  11. Bradley J Moore August 9, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    >Hey, I'll be turning 50 next year and I am dreading it. But a graceful kind of dread. What choice do I have?

    I too, recently tried on jeans at GAP that turned out to be low-rise – for men? You're kidding, I thought. No freakin' way that's happening to me. I found the old-fashioned high-rise kind. But I have a real kick-ass pair of shoes that say "I may be aging, but at least I have a discreet fashion sense"

  12. Bradley J. Moore August 9, 2009 at 3:56 pm #

    >PS – I think it is so awesomely cool the part you have played in Mr. Coffey's ascent of late. You are totally God's tool.

  13. Shanda August 10, 2009 at 1:00 pm #

    >I recently wrote an open letter to the designer of low rise jeans…you can check it out here:

    Love your blog and especially love Billy Coffee's writing. It's been a blessing to visit both of your blogs!

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