Whimsical is not an adjective that I – or anyone who knows me well – would use to describe me.  Dependable – yes.  Responsible – yes.  Serious – yes.  But whimsical?  Never.

But as I got dressed today that is the word that popped into my head.

See, I have not exactly embraced the turning-50-and-becoming-a-grandmother phase of life.  While I may only feel 35, the calendar – and my aching joints – keep reminding me that is not the case.

So I decided this spring to embrace the poem, When I Grow Old, I Shall Wear Purple.  Not embrace it as in become a member of the garish red-hat society, but rather, I really like the last lines as they are paired with the first

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.

….But maybe I ought to practice a little now?

So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple. 

In other words – stop caring so much about what others think and start living for me.  So I have decided to begin embracing this new-found attitude by adding the color purple to my wardrobe.  I needed some new t-shirts anyway (I think after five seasons I can safely say that I got my money’s worth) – and so I focused on purple Ts rather than my traditional black and brown palate.

Yesterday I decided to treat myself to a trip to Charming Charlies in celebration of another completed school year.  By adding all these purple shirts to my wardrobe, I decided that I wanted a purple watch to match.  I found one (and a ring and a bracelet).  So today when I got dressed I put on my purple T – my purple watch – my purple ring – and my purple bracelet.

Now this will sound silly, I know, but I have always admired painted toenails – somehow it signifies a lady of leisure to me — which is probably why I never take the time to provide myself with that luxury.  I mean there is the time it takes to actually paint – and because I am so inexperienced, the inevitable clean up around each toe – and then the added time to sit and wait until the paint dries so it doesn’t smudge.  It was just not worth the effort.  But today….today I decided to treat myself and I took the time to paint my toenails — PURPLE!

And when I finished I felt like a teenage girl again.  So free, frivolous, and well….whimsical.

Yes, I am not yet old, but I shall wear purple and embrace this new phase of life.


  • Gaye

    Oh, how I LOVE it! You're living on the wild-side and I am so proud of this celebration. I think I will join right in… I will wear my turquoise shirt (because everyone looks good in turquoise!) and I will wear my amethyst ring. I adore the bold and the brave and yet I have always lived in the timid. It's time to let go and celebrate.

    Here's to whimsical!

  • bermudaonion

    I wasn't allowed to wear purple as a child – my dad said it reminded him of funerals – and still have no purple in my wardrobe. Maybe I need to take a page out of your book and live on the wild side!

  • Anonymous

    Molly, your self-portrait is absolutely beautiful. I love your smile! And, you only have to take a look at my blog to know how I feel about purple. LOL

    I love purple and have quite a bit of it and also pink. Dark pink is a favorite as well. And…painted toenails are a must in my book. For me anyway. I'm so glad you are feeling light and bright and whimsical!

  • (Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea

    Molly, somehow you slipped off my blogroll when I moved from google reader. I found you through another blog and realized how much I missed hearing about your life. Pls forgive me? Now I am wondering who else I missed?

    I think it is very cool that you have found the new you and a cool color to boot! Enjoy your Sunday and life…as well.

  • Beth

    Molly I am loving the purple!! It has become a huge colour in my life recently too. Last year when I found out I was pregnant all I could picture was a beautiful purple nursery…even before the ultrasound told us the baby was a girl. I knew because of the purple! Enjoy this time.

  • Catherine Ensley

    HaHa! That is so cool. I still have myself on waaaaaaaay too tight of a leash to ever imagine painting my nails–toes or fingers, but congratulations to you. I have been adding purple to my wardrobe, and even to my home, which I thought would never accomodate it. According to Feng Shui, adding purple will bring wealth into your life. If nothing else, it adds change.

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