Thursday, March 18, 2010

Lunch, Mashers, & Molesters??

Yes, I know this is a picture of "Aunt Bee" and I put her here for a reason!

You know how they have told us all our lives not to judge a book by its cover? The same goes for quilters...no matter what age we are...you just can't judge it, it may surprise you in delightful ways!

I met so many people in Baton Rouge, but I want to share with you the most HILARIOUS out of the blue moment that happened to have the whole room roaring!

I wish I could introduce you to Mary Kate. A delightful southern lady, quite proper, warm, easy with a smile, fun to talk to, and really, it would be easy to judge her as someone reserved and proper. Her age was timeless to me, but I'm thinking she could be anywhere from late 70's to early 80s if a day.

I asked her how long her hair was when it was unpinned, as she wore it in a very "Aunt Bee" style bun. As I age, I have imagined myself quite the same way.....letting my hair go its own natural grey, and just winding it up at the back of my head and pinning it, rather than going fashionably short and/or permed in an "old lady" style. I smiled with delight when she said she could sit on the ends of it when it is unwound, and I imagined her brushing it in the evenings before bed. Just lovely.

Now..imagine me....with my little speech as we were getting ready to go to lunch "Ladies, it's lunch time, and you are welcome to stay or go. Our lunch break will go from 11:30 until 1pm. If you stay, there needs to be at least 2 people left in the room for your safety, so if you are the only one left, you need to go too..." (These were there symposium rules, not mine.)

Mary Kate got this look on her face and said...."What if I don't want to go? Doesn't anyone trust me to stay here? They think I'm going to steal something?"

We explained that it was for her own safety, that what if some man came in to MOLEST her??

And....here it comes....She got this DELIGHTED look on her face.....spread a big wide grin with eyes twinking....waggled her eyebrows and said "OOOOOOOOOHHHH....REEEEAAALLLLY??????" Like it was the best idea she had heard of in a long time....LOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!

All at once she had turned from Aunt Bee into Blanche Devereaux of The Golden Girls! LOL!

We just all cracked up laughing...it was a real depends moment. And I knew right then and there that there was no age difference between Mary Kate and myself. No matter the age of the packaging, we are the same silly girls inside that we have been at EVERY age.

This will have me laughing for a LONG LONG TIME!


  1. You go Mary Kate! Mary Kate reinforces that you are only as old as you feel!

  2. LOL! That's hilarious. Thanks for the laugh!

  3. LOL!! Who knew Aunt Bea had a "dark" side.

  4. That is too funny! I hope my humor stays with me that long...

    my word verification is light...yes let's all hope we keep it light and fun

  5. Great story. Thanks for sharing.

  6. What a cute story. I have to say looking at the pic of Aunt Bea, that I wonder how old she was when she was playing that character on the show. Because really she could easily be anywhere from 50-70, probably closer to 50. And I always thought she was 80 or something when I was a kid.

  7. That is a great story.

    And, you really need to meet my mom.

  8. Great story, I'll be giggling about this all day.

  9. I hope that's me, in say . . . 30 years! LOL! We have a few guild members who might fit this description. Love it! :)

  10. Priceless! Thanks for sharing, that has brought a smile to my face and a happy heart, too. Love it~

  11. How marvelous! Sounds like someone who is eternally "young"!

    And I can just picture the hair! My favorite teacher of ALL TIME had hair like that for years - loved it!

  12. thanks for the laugh!

  13. You just never know do you? Great story.

  14. Love that story - what a delight Mary Kate must be!! She'd fit right in with our Sundae Quilters group :o)

  15. Surprising is the fact that her first thought was everyone thought she would steal something!!! Then you offered her options and she was "all for it". What a wonderful lady and at that age we can all still dream.

  16. Speaking of not judging a book by its cover...it's been told that Aunt Bea in real life was a real grouch..LOL

  17. Anonymous3:54 PM EDT

    What a wonderful story! You have brightened my day with the tale of dear Mary Kate. Bless her. :) Take care, Dianne B. in England

  18. She sounds like fun. Thanks for the great story.

  19. Glad you enjoyed your time in Louisiana! Hope you enjoyed some great food also. Hoping to meet you when you come to our guild in Lafayette.
    Vanessa in


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