Today is my day off from work and I had arranged to join some friends to become 'Ladies who lunch'. It was also the day that the 365+1 word prompt was Accessory and I chose to photograph the scarf that I was wearing as at this time of year, my first choice of accessory is a woven scarf. I eventually chose the close up picture for the project but also experimented with a self portrait. This will illustrate my story.
Turns out I was early for lunch (that was a first for me, I'm normally running late) and so I sat at a window table and ordered a nice glass of Montepulciano to drink while I waited for my friends and browsed the menu. I looked out of the window and saw my daughter walking down the street. As I was feeling a bit like 'Billy no mates' or someone whose date has stood them up, I waved to her and she came over to step into the restaurant to say hello. I stood up and she immediately took a step back to evaluate how I looked. Mothers of older daughters will know what I mean by that statement! Approval of how you look is not necessarily guaranteed. 'Oh, I see you've taken trouble to blow dry your hair properly' was her first comment as she fluffed up one side and turned me to check on the back. Followed by 'Oh, that dress looks really nice on you'. The dress was her Christmas present to me so I knew it would be approved. 'I like the way you've added that scarf' she said. 'And it looks great with opaque tights. Well done Mum'. By now, the other people in the restaurant had noticed my appraisal and as we both looked round, everyone immediately put their heads down to concentrate on their meals! Satisfied that I was dressed appropriately she went on her way. Anybody else out there whose kids feel it is their job to check that they are not getting 'frumpy'? Or is it just me?!