What a day this has been! I tell you that you have never lived until you have taken a wild woman to downtown Memphis for her 101st birthday!
The sky was blue, the champagne chilled and she was wearing a Jackie O. sunhat that matched her flowing white lacy skirt perfectly. We were ready and this was going to be perfect!
We arrived at the Peabody and briefly let the ducks acknowledge our princess. Miss W. used to own this town and knew everyone and everything in it. Her long time career as an “Executive Secretary” afforded her many secrets and wildly ways of the city’s upper crust (secrets she would never tell). No one knows dirt like Executive Secretaries!
Her Cinderella carriage awaited her arrival, complete with red velvet seats and a mighty Clydesdale steed to pull it.
I thought we would have trouble getting her in, but she flung her purse to one of her fellow passengers, grabbed the side rails with both hands and hopped right in. She wobbled for only a moment, straightened her hat, and slid all the way in with a look as if to say “Watch out world, I have arrived”.
Our tour was perfect as she pointed out this or that significant building and I felt so happy to have made this happen for her. Every so often you could see in her eyes that she knew that she may never pass this way again.
Miss W. has been my inspiration and my source of laughter every day since I met her. You may remember that she was the first one to dance on the stripper pole when I rented the party bus, and she was also the daredevil that shouted to “her city” from the top of the Bass Pro Shop last year on her 100th birthday. Hell, it was only by the skin of my teeth that she changed her mind about jumping out of an airplane this year!!!!!
She has no words of wisdom as to how she got this far or how she barely looks 70. She is kind and witty, and winks at me when she is up to no good. She is the Princess of Memphis!
Happy birthday Miss W. I know I will see you at Happy Hour!
Of course, you know I’m going to tie this whole day into the Red Shoe Life Transformation summed up in one word “Attitude”. I don’t mean the type of attitude my kid’s get when I make them do chores, but an attitude of confidence. Miss W. has confidence and “swag” like no other woman I have ever met. I wish you could meet her so you can see how it is done. You have got to stand up and hold yourself with an air of style and positivity. You may be crumbly Feta on the inside, but with practiced confidence, sooner or later you are going to start believing it yourself! Look people in the eye when you speak and think about your words before you do. Be sincere and genuine. You know you’ve got this! Now show everyone else that you do!
Until tomorrow- Deb