Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Your Faces Through the Ages

60-something twins (!) Hinda and Ruth.

You are indeed a fascinating group of women. When I read the abbreviated bios you send with your lovely pictures I'm proud and pleased to realize you take the time to stop by and visit this space. 

As many of you have so accurately noted, "It seems the uniting characteristic among all the women is a joie de vivre." Good times, bad times, struggles, illness, triumphs you keep on fighting, keep on striving, keep on smiling. It's truly amazing what you have accomplished through the decades -- and no matter what your age, you have plans and projects. A couple of you have been widowed after long, happy marriages and years later found a new love, which you never expected. Others have been mothers for the first time in your 40s and loving every second of the combination of a well-established careers and the joy of motherhood.

Some of you are happily single, basking in the warmth of your extended families and your animals (I sooo understand) and hoping, perhaps, one day to meet a soul mate.

A few of you plan to retire from your long-time careers. As you prepare to leave your past, you've already started to think about your future. As one of you said, "I plan to do something new and fulfilling and fun, but I'm not quite sure what just yet." You'll figure it out.

Today, I thought it would be fun to have a melange of ages -- just like in real life. Here you are then, from your 40s to your 70s.




Faces of the 40s:
Lilly
Caroline Silk

Faces of the 50s:
Pamela Terry with just the top of Edward's head.
From the House of Edward 
Teri McClure Elliott
Faces of the 60s:

Sanda Martel
Pauline Frost
Faces of the 70s:

Sharon Nanez on her birthday, "playing dress-up in the hat department of Le Bon Marche in Paris."
Linda Jean Longenecker
This story will definitely continue. I have more photos, more inspirational messages from you and please remember, keep sending your pictures to me at tishjett@yahoo.com, we can continue as long as you're happy.

Oh yes, I've heard from a handful of you who are in your 30s. We would love to see your pictures. We were there and you'll be here, n'est-ce pas?

A demain mes tres, tres, tres chers amis.

22 comments:

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Tish, this series is just beyond fabulous. What a marvelous and lovely group of women and all willing to send their pictures and stores. It's beginning to tempt even me to send mine.

I love that you encouraged more 30 somethings. It's so true, we've all been there...I look back on some of my pictures during that time and can't believe I looked that young. I wasn't even aware of it then. The older you get, the more you appreciate life.
Sam

Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life said...

Love the inspiration I so often come away with when I visit your site.

Enjoyed the 'parade' of beauties from across the decades.

Thanks for making my life more beautiful!

Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life said...

PS. Just for the record, I'm 54 and there's my photo in the corner....

déjà pseu said...

Tish, am so loving this series. I'm inspired by all of these vibrant, gorgeous women!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Beautiful women, all!! A fabulous series of posts...thanks!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

This is as much fun as your street snaps. I will never get tired of this series.

kathy peck said...

Loving this series as well. Such a beautiful group of vibrant women. Empowering.
About yesterday's post, I too, love the Elie Saab gowns, and not that I have any need for gowns, but can we discus upper arms sometime?

hopflower said...

Great series; I loved it. But please, tell me where is the hate department at Le Bon Marche in Paris? Lol!

kathy peck said...

I noticed that hate department too, but thought maybe Tish hated hats?

Karena said...

Tish I am so thrilled to see my friend Pamela featured. She is so beautiful inside and out!

At 59 with a total left hip replacement scheduled for nest week. ( a bit trepidacious)I am looking forward to a very healthy decade ahead!!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Joni said...

Simply put: Beautiful!

Susan Tiner said...

Beautiful women, inspiring lives. Thank you for continuing this series!

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Tish, What inspiring posts! I just love this! It is so great seeing all of these real women. I'll be sending in my photo soon. Hope that it will be included in one of your future posts! Thank you for doing such a great job with this topic.

Lost in Provence said...

Lovey love love these! I find the real ladies so much more inspiring than the famous ones with the makeup artists, masseuses, skin docs etc at their beck and call. Oooh, will try to work up the courage to send in a photo soon!

PS. I would have been so incredibly psyched to have found your blog in my 30s--that is fantastic that you have opened up to them too!

Tish Jett said...

Hello mes tres chers amis,

I received an e-mail from my daughter (she is one of the funniest people I know btw): "Note to self. . .when home for the holidays in December, must pass by the 'hate' department at the Bon Marche. Looks like fun."

I'm wondering, do you think a Hate Department would be more fun than a Complaints Department?

Thank you for your generous acceptance of my typos. I quite like hats actually.

A demain.

xo,
Tish

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

You are right - there is a wonderful community of amazing people who blog and support each other. Even so, I don't think I've got the courage to send a photo! Recently I noticed a host of wrinkles for the first time under those horrible lights in the changing-room of a department store. I'm not ageing with grace! Warm wishes.

Patti @ NotDeadYet Style said...

I love this series so much, Tish, I hope it never stops. Wonderful stories too.

knitpurl said...

Tish, this series is so wonderful. Also enjoyed the pix of evening gowns. You confirmed my idea of dressing up the plain and simple-will be attending a wedding in Las Vegas over New Year's-and I neither want to pack nor overshadow the bride with glitz - maybe only with shoes! Shoes because the bride is a shoe nut too. Anyway love the series. Thanks for including the 70-somethings. I'm too close to even think about it. xoxoxo C.

helen tilston said...

Hello Tish

You seem to have an unlimited number of interesting and beautiful women of varying ages. It was joyful to recognize Pamela Terry who is one of my favourite bloggers - wishing you a great tomorrow
Helenxx

Carol said...

Tish, thank you for sharing this inspiring series with us.

What a beautiful group of women you have shown us again.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Yikes!
I've been outed!!

thebalancedapproach said...

WOW - I got a huge surprise when I saw my face on your post!! I suppose I shouldn't be as I did send you the photo... having just had the 48th birthday last week and on a fast train to 50, I have decided to embrace age and just enjoy....I'd be crazy not to!

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