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Monday, February 20, 2012

The Olden Days



"What happened to your hair?"

"Er, well it was the fashion back then." (Have they any idea how much back-combing went in to that?)

"It looks weird. Why are you wearing that long frock?"

"It was a black-tie do."

"But you're not wearing any tie, anyway why are you on the floor?"

"I'd just got home, that was taken in the first flat I ever owned."

The girls have unearthed a sack of old photo's from somewhere (one's I'd hidden), and are grilling me for any story behind them.

"Why have you got a photo of this?"



I perk up. "That my dear, was the first agency I opened, in Putney."

Beccy's face drops. "It a bit low-rent, isn't it?"

Yes, I started off very low rent. I finished off as sole proprietor of a business pay rolling 500 staff. Wounded, I decide to let it pass. Abby squeals, thrusting a picture up my nose, one of me linking arms with someone. "Who's this bloke you're with?"

"Er, that's someone I met before your dad."

Frowning now, "Does dad know?"

"Well of course he does, he had girlfriends before he met me too, you know.."

Both girls exchange disbelieving looks. Beccy wants more dirt, "So who is he, then?"

"He's a musician. You listen to his music all the time - don't you recognise him?"

"He's not as good looking as dad."

God bless the love of a child. "Um, no darling, 'course he isn't." (Sigh.)


Holding up a picture taken at Biggin Hill airstrip, I deftly change the subject, "Oooh, now see this plane? I used to fly that.."





They look suitably impressed. "You were a pilot?"

"Well, kind of, but this is a glider, they don't have an engine. Another plane has to tow you up first, and then you ride on the wind currents.. "

Disappointment drips from Beccy's voice, "Oh, so it's only a kite, then?  That's why you hair's such a mess?


What is with this fixation on my hair?

Darn, these kids are hard to impress! I rummage deeper in to the pile, and pull out a long forgotten snap-shot of me doing a star-jump. "This was taken at Cornhead in Kent, I was practising for my first ever parachute jump."



"Who's the bloke in the background?"

"Never mind that, did you know your old mum used to jump out of airplanes?"

"Get a look at those skanky shorts he's wearing!" Both girls roll about, giggling. Crestfallen, I give up. Then Beccy finally discovers something that gives both her and Abby a whole new fresh respect, she proffers it out, awestruck.

"Wow, that is WAY cool! I never knew you were a Punk Rocker.."


I straighten my shoulders. "Well I wasn't ALWAYS a boring old fuddy-duddy, you know.."

(There is no way on God's green earth I'm fessing up that it's fancy dress.)


Ooooh, NOOOO!! Is it only me, or am I a dead ringer for Myra Hindley, the child-murderer, in that last shot?????

66 comments:

Akelamalu said...

Well I think you look gorgeous on all the photos, well except that last one! ;)

Bijoux said...

O.M.G.....I KNEW you were a punk rocker, back in the day, Shrinky!!!!

Al Penwasser said...

I wasn't looking at your hair. Is that bad?

Shrinky said...

Ahh, memories, eh, Ake?

Shrinky said...

Hi Bijoux, I guess growing old is better than the alternative.. but darn, I miss my youth!

Shrinky said...

Haha, Al, if you're referring to the double F cup, I must post about the tidy breast reduction I later had..!

Grayquill said...

You are one colorful eclectic lady and apparently one who also has no fear. Jumping out of airplanes....I can't imagine one doing that our of choice.

Helen said...

These photos tell the story of a woman who is very secure in who she is .. and in everything she has experienced! Brava!!!!

Leslie: said...

What a life you've led! Do you have a bucket list left? lol

Kate said...

Maybe your girls aren't impressed, but I certainly AM! Blond hair as big as Texas, jumping out of airplanes with men wearing short shorts and even a stint as a punk rocker. Can nuclear physicist be far behind?? Thanks for sharing the photos, Shrinky.

chewy said...

You've got more guts than me...er...you realize I'm talking about the dress! LOL @ myself.

Barbara said...

All I can say is your girls are really, really hard to impress! Also, I want to see the one where you're arm in arm with the famous musician!

Ms. A said...

If the first one was taken AFTER the party, you certainly held together well! (and don't even look drunk and disheveled)

JeannetteLS said...

Lord love a duck, that takes me back to some uncomfortable conversations with my late daughter. She found pictures of me with about six different boyfriends. After the critique of clothes and hair, it was, "SIX boyfriends?"

"Well, I WAS thirty when I married your dad. I had a life."

"Not like now?" She said. Cute.

She looked at them all and said, "So, are there more?"

"More pictures?" I asked hopefully.

Hands on her hips, sarcasm oozing from every pore."Right. Yeah. MEN, Jeannette. Any more MEN?"

I smiled.

She said, "What, did you date most of the planet?"

"Yes."

"SO you were a--" she looked at me in mock horror. She did not finish the sentence because her mouth suddenly connected with a pillow.

Gotta love them, no?

mythopolis said...

Haha! Wonderful! I think you look simply mahhhvelous in all these shots dahhhling! Even the last one....I've always had a soft spot in my heart for punked out chicks!

Skunkfeathers said...

Yep, gorgeous then, gorgeous now.

As for me, I keep my old photos hid. Especially one from 1988..LOL (and that's all I'm sayin' about it...)

Pearl said...

Sorry, Shrinky. I'm afraid you look good no matter what the hairstyle.

(I once jumped out of a plane myself and have a picture with that very same look on my face.) :-)

Pearl

bill lisleman said...

I'm impressed. Not that many people have jumped out of an airplane. I went up in a glider once but it was a two seater so I had a pilot. I tried flying it for a bit and didn't do very well which was disappointing since I just knew I was a natural - right?
With regards to doing things we will always have Betty White as a goal.

Ami said...

Okay. I'm sorry. All this is very entertaining, but last I heard, that poor woman was stuffing her hammered dead husband in the car and trying to get away with murder... and I'm DYIN' here!!!

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT???

You're still beautiful, by the way. And I'm sure you're glad you don't have to do that with your hair now. :)

Cloudia said...

I'm very impressed!

And I too had the hair.

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silly rabbit said...

Ha! Love it. You do look great in all but that last one. Hee hee... but what I get most is that you were open to having fun!
I think it is so funny how our kids picture us before they were around. It ranks right along with how smart they think we are. Ah... I can hear one of mine rolling her eyes now. ;)

Anna L R said...

Shrinky, you are one exciting woman, seems like you did a lot. I think your kids have the coolest mom in the world. Anna :)

Anthony Duce said...

Great photos. A enjoyable review of an exciting life, so far… Well, I’m impressed.

#1Nana said...

You have great old pictures. I have a video tape of my skydiving experience...where I make a hard landing and plant my face in the dirt! So who was the old boyfriend? It's okay, you can tell me. I won't tell a soul.

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

I love the pictures..although I thought the last one was of Billy Idol.

Rock Chef said...

Yeah, you made a pretty good serial-killer-punk!

I guess you had to be there to appreciate '80s hair...

mrsnesbitt said...

Loved them all!

Furtheron said...

I inadvertently lost/destroyed all old photos... honest gov

You look like you were in Dynasty in the first one!

However luckily with the photo destruction policy (actually I was just crap at keeping them and just threw them away) all evidence of my short lived green haired punk persona of 76/77 has gone... Sadly I can't claim to my "adult" friends that it was fancy dress they all know me too well... in fact a few of them were there too!

MarkD60 said...

In the skydiving practice photo you look like a superhero!
I used to be a punk rocker, for a couple weeks!

Secret Agent Woman said...

I think it's a universal that nothing you've ever done will truly impress you're kids, because they always believe they are waaaaaay cooler than you.

Sandi McBride said...

Omg...YOU DEFINITELY WERE NOT A FUDDY DUDDY...and just who was this musician you dated that still is on the air? Sir Paul perhaps?
Sandi

Shrinky said...

Hi GQ, oh it was all in aid of charity, and I dragged my lil' sis along with me, too! Actually, it led on to my later joining a free-fall parachuting club (grin)!

Shrinky said...

Cheers Helen, it's funny how the older you get, the less you care about how people view you (shrug).

Shrinky said...

Hi Leslie, I lead such a sedate life now, but I hope there's still a little life left in this old dog.. I do have a couple of ambitions left, one of which I'm working on at present..

Shrinky said...

Hi there Kate, in a funny way I felt slightly depressed raking over these old photo's, I've done so little with my life since the kids came along. I s'pose initially, I had good reason to put things on hold - but in truth, I've all but allowed myself to turn into nothing short of a house hermit, thesedays..

Shrinky said...

Bloody cheek of it, you, Chewy - I'll have you know I was a REAL woman back in the day - with more gut n'all!!

Shrinky said...

Ah Barbara, my lips are sealed!

Shrinky said...

Ms A., I neglected to mention who took that particular photo - he was WELL worth freshening up for (evil grin).. the night had barely begun!

Shrinky said...

Haha, yes Jeannette, gotta' love 'em, indeed! I didn't meet my hubby until I had turned 29, either - where do our kids think we lived back then, in a nunnery??

Shrinky said...

Hi Dan, you have no idea how hard, or how much time and pain it took, to wash all that glue and dye out of my hair the next morning!

Shrinky said...

Skunk, don't make me come over there to drag that 1988 photo out of your album - curious minds want to see!!

Shrinky said...

Oooh, you too, Pearl? Why am I not surprised (grin)? Actually, I went on from there to take up sky-diving - I really should dig out some of those old photo's! Gee, I've grown so old and boring in my old age (sigh)..

Shrinky said...

Yes Bill, two-seaters are designed for instructors to teach the likes as you and me how to fly - and I'm sure you would have been fine with just a few more lessons!

Um, who's Betty White??

Shrinky said...

Hi Ami, due to popular demand, I've put my story aside, and promised to carry on with just my regular blog posts in here. It's a bit self indulgent to expect folk to follow an entire novel in progress (shrug) - but that's not to say I am still not very much working on her.

Shrinky said...

Well Cloudia, didn't we all?

Shrinky said...

I know, Silly Rabbit, I think they believe we were all born formed old and senile!

Shrinky said...

That's high praise indeed, coming from you, Anthony! Most folk claim they would never want to go back to being young, but I WOULD, if I also could take some of the wisdom I've acumulated down the years, back there with me too.. (sigh).

Shrinky said...

Oh my, Nana, isn't that the BEST rush ever? Did you go on to join a club? I have some very fond memories of my free-fall formation buddies I went on to mis-spend my weekends with - ah, happy days!

Shrinky said...

Anna, if I promise to pay you, please would you put that in writing to my kids?? (Wink)

Shrinky said...

He stole the look from me, Jac, what can I say?

Shrinky said...

In truth, RC, even being there didn't always help..!

Shrinky said...

Thanks Denise.

Shrinky said...

Now shots of those I may even PAY to see, Furtheron..

Shrinky said...

Hi Mark, I was sooo proud of that flying suit of mine, back then! I sure hope there are some photo's on record of the punk you were back in the day? C'mon, spill!

Shrinky said...

Yup, Secret Agent, and isn't that the sad truth?

Shrinky said...

Hey Sandi, how brilliant to see you again, girl - how are you? Ooooh, I never kiss and tell - shame really, I once dated a guy who had a national airport named after him (after he died) - no, that's not the musician, not to mention - oh, hang on, I'd best not bring HIM into this.. teehee, such a wicked past I've led!

Suldog said...

I won't comment on the rest of them, but that first shot... VA-VA-VA-VOOM!

Shrinky said...

Ah sully, you sure do know how to light up an aging woman's heart! (X)

Pat Tillett said...

AWESOME!
All of them are nice, but I love the first one! I'd forgotten about the "big hair" era...

Linda Sue said...

I LOVE that your story is " youth NOT wasted on the young" Groovy chickie baby and the first photo I have printed out , hung on the fridge- I want that body, that hair, I missed the boat there! Hippie, you see...You are my new hero!

Shrinky said...

Pat, I think I must've been solely responsible for knocking a wide hole in the ozone layer back in the day, with all the hairspray I used to nail down all that big hair!

Shrinky said...

Haha, you crease me, Linda Sue! I'll bet you and your love beads turned every head in your cool hippie-chick days. Do you remember the hot-pants craze? My big sis' used to make cars crash as she stepped on by in those..

Margaret Benbow said...

Hubba hubba and Wowza, as we say in the States! In the first photo you look approximately hot enough to blow up the screen! And it looks like you've had a lot of rousing life in your life in general, probably still do. Thank God somebody has the nerve. It's all too easy to subside into weak tea, comfy cushions and Downton Abbey, but you don't seem to have done that. P.S. Your daughters probably think the lad in the short-shorts was showing off his sturdy columns, but as I remember it, that was the style of the times, and made more sense than the shorts young male athletes wear these days, which are so long they look rather like harem pants.

Shrinky said...

Margaret, my friend, sadly, "Weak tea, comfy cushions and Downton Abbey" is very much where I increasingly find myself these days (sigh).. methinks it's time for a shake-up (wink)!!

~Babs said...

HAHHA, I am cracking up at the hair! I was a stylist most of my career, and not only did I do that to my own hair,,,I did it with relish to lots of others. They even paid for it, can you imagine!

Looking through an old album of photos,my daughter was ho-hum about my bikini days. Her husband however looked for a long time, which I found quite amusing.
LOVED your sky diving story and outfit.
I know how you miss the young you. I miss me too,,,I'm so boring!

Hilary said...

Oh well how come I can't see the last shot? It's turned into an exclamation point.. put it back! :)