I first saw a generation photo like this done some years ago, I think in a digital camera magazine, although it could have been on ancestry uk, whichever, I kept a copy of it but never quite got around to doing it; hence it making it onto my 50@50 challenge list. I loved doing this and it was relatively simple to achieve….(only a few incidents of crooked frame holding, broken glass, wrong wind direction and sun reflecting poorly etc etc 😉 ). Thanks go to Kate for taking the photo of me and my mum for not falling over!!!
It is a wonderful thing to have and cherish, but I now intend to adjust the idea. I am going to find a photo of my lovely nanny Noakes for my mum to hold and then reverse the process, that way the generations can continue for as long as our family line does….my gift to future generations and branches of my family.
Ok, so this challenge is a mildly rebellious one. Whilst I have not had very short hair for some years, I noticed when I started going through the menopause that my hair was getting progressively shorter and shorter, was this me asking for it shorter ( subconsciously or not) or was the hairdresser trimming it shorter for some reason. This made me think:
do people judge middle aged women with long hair?
When I reflect back all my aunties, nans, teachers, neighbour’s and people I could recall of middle age had short hair ( with the exception of the sophisticated Miss Harrison, the music teacher at school, but she was probably much younger than I think)…is there an unwritten rule somewhere?
I did a bit of research and was astonished at what was said about why women cut their hair or have shorter hair when they hit middle age such as:
- There is societal pressure to conform
- hair becomes thin and loses pigment so you must
- its a ‘mature’ style
- women have now earned the right to have it short
and my favourite
- at a certain age women need to reduce their attractiveness and show they have gone off sex which having a short masculine hair cut achieves
and, equally potentially negative comments regarding older women who chose to keep their hair long:
- they are flaming liberals
- a certain type of older woman who still wants to be ‘seen’
- raging feminists
What I know is that a woman’s hair length should be a matter of personal choice and not because of your age or silly societal pressure!! And to celebrate that choice I shall continue to grow my hair, until my NEW hairdresser says for condition reasons I should stop!!!
Don’t you just love it when you think something is going to be really hard and it turns out to be very easy!! This was the case with this challenge. I love taking photos, especially nature and my grandchildren; mainly I do it for my own pleasure but I decided to set myself a 50@50 challenge to get one of my photos published, printed or hung. I thought I might have to enter lots of competitions, give away a framed photo to our local pop-in centre or send weather photos to the TV station…but no!! As part of Challenge No 31, where I went to see the starling murmurations at Brighton Pier, I took quite a nice photo of them…on my mobile phone of all things. I belong to a Facebook photo sharing community so I popped the best photo on there and hey presto they chose it as the winning photo and therefore published it as their header photo ( temporarily I might add, but that is fine by me ). I was so pleased, and surprised!!
However it is good to have an easy tick off the list as I had not thought my 50@50 challenges means almost one a week and time is running out fast!! Agggghhhhhh. Some things are ongoing, some are planned and waiting to happen….others though still need organising and I think that is my next challenge….to make them happen. Wish me luck 🍀
My 50@50 challenge list is not just about achieving new things; it’s about revisiting happy memories and making new ones with people that matter in my life and this Challenge is a prime example of that!!
Craig was best man at mine and Chris’ wedding, which will be 28 years ago in August (somehow!!) After turning up at the church rehearsal in a monkey mask I should have guessed what would happen next. A week or so after the wedding The Jungle Book came on at the cinema and having never seen it I really wanted to go….Chris on the other hand, for a variety of reasons, was not so keen. And here is where my knight in a monkey mask stepped in and whisked me to the ball ( well Granada cinemas, Maidstone actually) and I first encountered Disney’s Jungle Book….one of the all time best Disney films in my opinion. Apart from having to put up with someone….you know who by this time….singing throughout, we had a great time.
Craig is a perfect friend; reliable, fun, there when you need him (even if you didn’t realise you needed him he pops up like the shopkeeper in Mr Benn) and slightly mad too ( essential requirement for good friends). It therefore seemed designed by fate that Jungle Book should be re-released just when we were looking for a Challenge together.
The evening went will, with the duly requested cheesy comestibles being provided upon arrival, tickets secured and off we went (sad that the Granada in Maidstone has not lasted as well as mine and Craig’s friendship) to cineworld Ashford. What a treat the film was, ( I wholeheartedly recommend it) and so exciting too…..I may have jumped once or twice, but it also paid lovely tributes to the old film throughout the musical score. I was not disappointed, as just like the first time, the accompanying singing was still there..if a bit deeper in tone than I remember 😉. I wonder if the rest of the audience enjoyed it as much??? Craig drove me home and we both sang and listened to ‘bare necessities’ and the other tracks all the way back…..perfect!!!
Everyone needs a friend like Craig and I feel lucky to have him. When we are all together it feels like we are 17 again, when I first met him, and personally I don’t think we look like we have aged at all (although how this photo of Craig’s Dad, going out with my Mum has got on here I don’t know!!!)