“SHALL I ADMIRE” HER ANOTHER 50 YEARS?

YESTERDAY,

after growing my hair out for six months,

I chose  a vintage Hermes scarf to tie it back

in the Vogue model style I wore when

she first fell in love with me.

.

Friday, March 13, 1970

I squeezed into a Saks Fifth Avenue label outfit

from the early 70’s that she’d packed away.

.

I applied Germaine Monteil makeup coaxed

from half-a-century old tin foil samples.

.

I selected a pair of Trifari, love-knot, 

clip-on earrings that haven’t seen daylight

for five decades.

.

Neither had the ecru garter belt and bare beige nylons

I slipped into with less ease.

.

Finally, I splashed just a hint of Shalimar 

to the nape of my neck.

.

It worked.

~

TODAY,

she asked me to make an appointment

to get my hair cut.

.

She returned the outfit, scarf, garter belt and nylons

to the memento place at the bottom of

our 19th century humpback trunk.

.

She mentioned she missed the emerald studs 

I’ve worn daily in my earlobes for thirteen years.

.

She sprayed Shout on the Germaine Monteil

makeup stained washcloth.

.

And … let me think …

.

Oh! … yes.

.

She wrote “Shalimar” 

on her holiday shopping list.

.

~

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7 thoughts on ““SHALL I ADMIRE” HER ANOTHER 50 YEARS?

  1. Cheryl Cusson

    Hi Marguerite – I just unearthed this from last year. I so love it. Just wanted to send you both hugs and loves from the quiet corner of Connecticut. Wishing you, a little early, the best of holidays and the most fabulous year ahead. Love, Cheryl

    On Sun, Dec 13, 2020 at 11:00 AM M A G P I E à la modus operandi wrote:

    > margueritequantaine posted: ” YESTERDAY, after growing my hair out for six > months, I chose a vintage Hermes scarf to tie it back in the Vogue model > style I wore when she first fell in love with me. . Friday, March 13, 1970 > I squeezed into a Saks Fifth Avenue label outfit” >

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  2. Maureen Cesarotti

    Love it! Perfect descriptor of evolving, multi-faceted, lasting love! My partner Keri and I are only 2 decades into this journey, but exploring and continuing to marvel at this phenomenon! We can’t go back to the past, but we can take nuggets of it into our shared future! (BTW, I think you have more than a few people reading your essays!)

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  3. Helen Darzanos-Griffiths

    Sweet words…just goes to show that she is in love with you, just you, as you are in the here and now. We should all be so lucky. Much love to you both from Sth Australia. xx

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