She caught my attention. Not only mine but every one around me. An attractive young woman, probably in her early 20’s. I presumed that she had been at the river, some emergency caused her to commence yelling in the parking lot at the Town and Country Market in Anderson.
She was attractive but that isn’t what caught our attention. It was what she was wearing, but more than that, what she was not wearing. Three little patches of a bathing suit and she was enjoying the fact that she had an audience. Few actually heard what she was reporting, but they didn’t miss her “outfit.” I remind myself that this is a different generation and a lot of things are acceptable today — different that my growing up years in the 1940s and 1950s, I remind myself that one can be modest and wear a lot less clothes than I usually do but this was a revelation for me and many who shared my view.
Living on the banks of rivers, in a vacation area and enjoying a new spring year we are somewhat relaxed as far as our attire. I am adjusting to the short shorts in church on Sunday morning and flip flops. I recall my grandmother, Martha Spears, and her Sunday go to meeting outfit, always hose and her dress shoes. I wouldn’t go back to that, but... I am lately enjoying a book, I highly recommend: “Eleanor and Franklin” by Joseph P. Lash” and am amused at Eleanor Roosevelt’s attire for the beach: (she too was somewhat shocked at others beach wear) she wore: for Eleanor a decorous bathing costume consisted of a skirt, a long-sleeved, high necked blouse, stockings, slippers, a sun-bonnet, and gloves.”
Anything less, apparently, was to shock the senses. My sympathy goes to our young people who feel compelled to reveal all. They deny themselves the mystery, the appeal, and if I inquire, the only answer I’ve ever had is that they want to be “comfortable.” I ponder on the difference, their comfort versus the excitement they deny their viewers. Surely there was excitement in Eleanor’s day if one accidentally caught the glimpse of an ankle, or, Heaven forbid, a calve, a knee.
There is no way that I can be made to understand the thoughts of the young lady in the parking lot. She was enjoying having an audience. Is that what it’s all about? They are seeking attention and the closer they are to nudity the more attention they receive? I can only offer sympathy that this generation is immune to that kind of titillation. What is next?
Human bodies are beautiful as God made them. But when our young people choose to be comfortable, eliminate any mystery regarding their dress, I firmly believe their lives are denied a pleasure that modesty used to provide. I am writing to you on Friday the 16th of May and would like to remind you of another pleasure that is ahead of you.
The “History Live Open House” is to be in Pineville on Saturday the 24th of this month. At the Historic Courthouse on the Square you are all invited, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Memorial Day weekend) at which time activities will include live history exhibits, a Civil War doctor presentation, animals and a petting zoo, music, food, raffle drawings for a laptop Kindle fire, $150 cash, a new Doug Hall print and much more. Tickets may be obtained from any member of the McDonald County Historical Society, contact me or go to the Society’s Facebook page or www.mcdonaldcohistory.org. You can write to P. O. Box 572, Pineville, Mo. 64856.
Tickets for the prizes are available at only $1.00 each and for $5 you can take a chance on getting a framed Doug Hall Print “Finishing Touch.” We hope you will join us, and there is no dress code, your short shorts and flip flops are fine, you might even decide to wear an historical costume. We hope you will join us, bring your mother, your father, your children and grandchildren, we promise you will not be disappointed. This festivity is the kick-off for the opening season of the Museum, on the square in Pineville, to be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
We hope you will join us.
Alberta Anders writes a weekly column for the Daily News.