Thursday, May 08, 2008

A midweek southern "din-nah"


The photo below was not taken by my talented-with-a-camera (and so much more) sister, unlike all but one of the other photos, so I feel that I can complain about the bad angle that has made a shelf of my breasts. Now that I am whinging, I will just add that it would have been swell if I had decided to actually wash or maybe comb my hair that morning and maybe choose another outfit. The angle seems to have worked for my father, son and sister, so I decided to eat crow (well, fried green tomatoes) and publish it anyway. I'll have to risk the possibility that youthful-for-their years old friends and lovers may be lurking here and get on with it (and start doing "the Firm" again, soon).Here are some undeniably beautiful Foxgloves from that day, as taken by Bhu.These pictures were taken at The Blue Willow Inn yesterday. In honor of Bhu's visit home, our father took us there for lunch - also sometimes referred to as dinner in these parts. The restaurant is housed in a big old southern mansion surrounded by fountains and beautiful landscaping. Bhu had her rehearsal dinner there when she got married two years ago. Food is served buffet style and includes fried everything, turnip greens (cooked down with ham hocks),sweet potato souffle, mac and cheese and many cobblers(to name just a few of the selections). Gillen was in heaven, except for the deserts - he prefers homemade. His highlight - he got to see a cowboy. Once we got home, he recreated that cowboy's outfit and has been wearing it for two days.

The highlight for me was bumping into Ms. Whit there - our 103 year old friend, whom we have known since I was eight. She told us about having just gone to Turner Field last night to watch the Braves play. She is a huge baseball fan. We made plans to go watch a game with her at her house in the next few weeks. She is so lucid, and funny! She loves to crack jokes about having tried to iron out her wrinkles. She drinks coffee everyday, and likes donuts and strange non-foods like Ensure shakes. I think her longevity is due to the fact that she loves life and doesn't take anything too seriously. But I don't know. I want to find the time to hang out with her more and find out. I don't care about the secret, she is just wonderful to hang out with.

I like this last photo. One of my boys is actually listening with what may be interest to my gesticulating monologue, and it was not about something he lives for, like hunting, birds, or farming. I feel loved. Not that I don't often feel it, but it's nice to have it captured here.

11 comments:

diana(hahamommy) said...

You are so beautiful ♥ G's face is priceless; that look of gratitude for his mama and her stories filled with wild gesticulations!
I'm so glad to SEE you in your posts! Yay for courage ♥

Blogging Molly said...

I think you look beautiful!!! And may we all look so good at 103 as Ms. Whit, even if we have a din-nah of fried foods.

Madeline said...

Thank you, you two beautiful women. And yes, isn't Ms. Whit looking amazing? She makes me appreciate wrinkles more. Diana, I will include myself more. I love when others do.

kelli said...

Lovely expressive-full faces :) wonderful!

And the foxglove, ahhh.

mindy said...

I'm in love with the picture of you and Ms. Whit....and the one of you and Gillan...totally captures the essence of both of you!

Danielle said...

Ahhh, would that I breasts of which to make a shelf, she said a bit wistfully.

;)

Tamar Orvell said...

I picked up a couple of references to dress... your own, among others. I have been sharing a flat in Tel Aviv w a Swiss woman who has that Euro style I like — feminine, sensuous, NO BLACK, fitting, soft. Lovely. Have I copied one or another element? What (safe) color again dominates my outfit? Looking how we say we want is about self-permission to look great (or at least feel that I look great... as Gillen definitely feels in his cowboy look). It can be a gesture, a detail, an accessory. NOT hard to look great or at least better... just takes an attitude adjustment and a good role model.

Madeline said...

Danielle, I know, the breast is always better on the other end of the cup size. ;)

Tamar, so true what you say about finding that one accessory or detail or look that makes you feel great. So well put.

Schuyler said...

Your breasts are lovely. I think I have a picture that demonstrates the beauty of your breasts as you moved so wonderfully in the tribal dance. Shelf breasts, hmph. You will look back upon those breasts with great fondness one day.

Madeline said...

Schuyler, they were so free in the belly dance. I am very grateful to these breasts that have fed my babies and have been there for me. I just hate that angle. Thanks for the uplifting breast talk ; )

whimsigal said...

You're gorgeous and Ms. Whit is gorgeous, too!

This was such a great post. I loved seeing you with your family and friends!

Oh, and the foxglove is beautiful! I wish I could grow things and not kill them.