Reflections on Aging

BabyshowerGiftThis is a gift for my nephew and his wife.  Actually (obviously), it’s for their baby boy who will be arriving in February!  I’m so excited to have another baby in the family, and I know my sister-in-law is over the moon.

When I started wrapping the gift, I realized I didn’t have any gift bags.  I was going to make one, but it didn’t work out, so I decided just to box up the gift and add a belly band and tag from Lullaby designer series paper with Something for Baby images die cut with the Baby’s First framelits.  (Remember, you can bundle the stamps and framelits and save 15%!)

So look closely.  What’s wrong with this picture?  Yep.  Buffy was stamping without glasses again, so the little hearts are upside down.  *sigh*  After using body lotion as body wash because I couldn’t read the label on the bottle (and, let me say, nothing – and I really mean nothing – makes a shower more treacherous than using lotion as a body wash!), you’d think I’d keep my glasses handy all the time.  I hate having to wear glasses to read.  And I hate that I can’t read most things without my glasses.  But, there are so many things about aging that are wonderful.  I’m wiser.  I don’t have to prove anything.  I don’t really care what’s in style as long as I don’t look too weird.

Yesterday was my father-in-law’s funeral.  I didn’t wear black, because I know Jerry’s in heaven – so that’s something to rejoice over.  And he liked color, so it just seemed wrong for me to wear black.  Remember, though, I live in Virginia – where we rarely have snow and when we do, I don’t dress up; I wear jeans.  So I had no boots to wear with my blue dress.  No problem.  Pumps should be ok, because by now everyone has cleaned their parking lots, right?

Wrong.  I slipped and slid on ice all the way in.  My toes were freezing.  Everyone – even my adorable granddaughter who can’t even walk yet – had boots, or, at least, sensible shoes on.  (Side note- I can’t even begin to tell you how amazingly cute Amelia was.  She wore a black jacket and leggings and the cutest little black ruffled skirt in the world, layered over a deep coral onesie.  Baby Doc Martens completed the outfit.  Ok – they were black ankle boots with little flowers, but still – the cute factor was off the charts.)  As soon as Mike & I got in the car to go home, I said, “We’re going to the shoe store.  I’m buying boots.”  My husband is the most amazing man in the world.  He didn’t ask any questions.  He didn’t look at me like I had lost my mind.  He just said, “OK.  Which store?  Want to start at the one beside PetSmart?  Then we can go to the mall if you don’t find any there.”  Am I a lucky woman, or what?

There were lots of boots in the store.  Most were very stylish, and, apparently, buckles are “in” this year.  I didn’t want boots that were “in,” partly because those boots were $100 on sale.  I lived with my mother for 24 years before I married and moved out.  Rule # 8 – You just don’t pay $100 (on sale!) for boots you’re only going to wear three times before they’re out of style.  I wanted boots that I can wear for many, many years, because I don’t buy boots.  In the past 32 years, I have bought four pairs of boots – a pair of snow boots, a pair of floral rain boots with sequins that I bought just before Hurricane Sandy, a seriously heavy duty pair of snow boots that look very hot – if you’re a lumberjack, and cowboy boots.  Nothing that could be considered stylish or that could be worn with a dress.

They also had cute boots with 3″ heels.  I didn’t want boots with 3″ heels.  For one thing, they’re just as treacherous on ice as pumps.  If I’m going to wear 3″ heels, I’m going to wear my Aigner pumps.  Another thing, these days, 3″ heels really hurt after a few hours.  30+ years ago, I lived in heels.  Today, not so much.  And, finally, 3″ heels make me 3″ taller than Mike.  And while that really doesn’t bother either of us, I like being eye to eye.  So I kept looking.

Finally I found a pair of very cute, very plain, and “always in style” boots.  Added bonus – they were on sale for $30.  Yep.  I’m guessing they’re not leather (and since I didn’t have my glasses on, I couldn’t read the tag), but since I’ll probably only wear them 10 times in my life, that’s ok.

Now, if I could find seriously cute reading glasses so I don’t wear the boots on the wrong feet, life would be good indeed!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy (and making it through this post).  Have a wonderful day!




About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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9 Responses to Reflections on Aging

  1. Susan Horr says:

    You crack me up! I would have bought boots that looked like Amelia’s!


  2. Carol says:

    This made me laugh. I LOVE boots and have so many pairs. If its winter, then you can bet I’m probably wearing boots. And I sooooo miss getting to dress my little girl. Now we get to have the mother/daughter arguments about what is appropriate to wear! Sigh, another part of getting older, I guess.


  3. You should have taken a picture of your new boots and posted them here! I don’t dress up either…jeans are my daily outfit. I do have a pair of above the ankle boots I got on clearance from Kohl’s a couple years ago. Don’t wear them often and we live in NE Ohio on the edge of the snowbelt!! Loved your story! Keep warm!

    Sent from my Kindle Fire



    • buffycooper says:

      My boots are seriously boring. But I will post a pic of Miss Amelia’s. I love my “lumberjack” boots, but they are a pain to get on and off. And they really don’t look great with a dress (when I absolutely HAVE to wear a dress! Which is rarely ever.).


  4. Mom says:

    Wow, Buffy ! Out of all the gifts, your pretty decoration was the only ‘wrapping’ they saved!! I am glad! It truly did look outstanding – with that special touch that hand crafted cards and gifts attain. It was an incredibly clever idea!!!


  5. Emilie Boyd says:

    I used to have three pairs of boots non of them fashionable.I sent one pair to the thrift shop. The other two I still have and wear ice thingys over them when it’s icy. Another pair is going this year cause I don’t wear them that often including the clothes I wore as a “professional”. You are right, jeans are in, comfortable and probably not in fashion. Turning 80 in July who needs fashion?


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