Funnily enough, I'm not showing them to showcase the Ravages, or perhaps the Cruelty of Age.
The only reason why I feature anyone, famous or otherwise on Della is to make some Link With Me. Just like I did a few days ago with Margaret Thatcher.
Before I tell you my Link with Germaine, I must tell you how I feel about her.
I know that's 'Way Harsh' (I'm still teaching 'Clueless'), but she let me down terribly many years ago when, upon moving to The Mother Country, she immediately abandoned her Exciting Eclectic & Somewhat Raunchy Look in order to embrace Frump.
It was an astonishing & almost immediate transformation, as if she thought, 'Right, now that I've moved to England, I must start dressing like The Queen'. Only it was The Queen after a Big Night & also without all the Glittery Bits.
Down below is Me Today. I'm wearing a v. cheap & a few years old houndstooth jacket from one of those dreadful Landfill Shops where you can buy an entire winter wardrobe for under a hundred bucks. Underneath is a wool thrifted 'Trent Nathan' dress that must be at least twenty years old because I had to rip the shoulder pads out before I wore it. I've tied a ten dollar Toy Pashmina that I bought at 'Cotton On' into a Pussy Bow which I think is v. clever of me. But then I'm wearing an Enormous Pair of Black Chandelier Earrings that have, by a Nasty Trick of Digital Photography completely disappeared. I swear that they were there though.
Anyway, Denny, a fellow teacher but not an English Teacher who shares our staffroom made a comment about my outfit today.
Denny is older than me, conservative, but well-dressed. She said, 'What has happened to you? You've become so conservative all of a sudden? What happened to wearing one red stocking & one yellow one? You're wearing something that I might wear.'
I was Mortified.
'But what about the huge Chandelier earrings, Denny? You wouldn't wear those, would you?' I meekly inquired.
She didn't answer. Maybe the earrings were really invisible after all.
And then I started thinking about Germaine & her Overnight Change from Eclectic to Frump. Perhaps that's what has happened to Me. After all, I've often been told, 'What you resist, you get'. All these years of disapproving of Germaine & I'm now suddenly turning into her.