Sunday, January 22, 2012
Had one of those crazy flashbacks this morning -- of another Betty at another time ... .
It was while getting into my clothes for a day at home, and just as I was slipping a cotton turtleneck over my head (and the label caught in my hair for just a few seconds) the long-forgotten image rose in full color with all of the affect of the embarrassment I'd felt at the time.
I was attending a gathering at Mt. Diablo Unitarian-Universalist Church where I was an active (and usually smartly-dressed) member. I was moving comfortably and confidently among friends when a smiling woman gently pressed my elbow with the words, "... Betty, that's such a pretty dress, and I can only imagine how much more beautiful it would be with the label on the inside!" Yes, you guessed it. In my rush to get my children ready for Sunday school, I'd somehow turned it inside out, and hadn't noticed until it was brought to my attention. That friend should have been rewarded for the gentlest most tactful handling of a delicate matter, but all she got was my awkward "Oops!" followed by red-faced giggling that echoes still as I think back to that morning so long ago. A quick trip to the restroom took care of the problem, and after a few moments -- my dignity had been restored.
Were that to happen at this stage in life I'd have immediately made an appointment for a brain scan and lived for days in mortal fear that I was the one-in-eight living in the early stages of dementia (one-in-two after the age of ninety.) In the past few days I've read reports of the projections as Alzheimers explodes in the aging population. It seems to be only a matter of time ... .
(Now where do you suppose I left my car keys?)
Photo: Dorian at age eleven, and Mom about to leave for church.