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The Eclectic Pen - I wouldn't change a thing

By: IONE L. (zaneygraylady)   + 85 more  
Date Submitted: 6/11/2007
Last Updated: 6/12/2007
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs » Memoirs
Words: 456

  My kids say why don't you just dye your hair? You'd look ten years younger. I don't want to look ten years younger. I love my gray hair. I know it defines me, but this is what my gray hair says, this is a woman who has lived an interesting and full life. She may no longer be a beauty queen. Her beauty is in her history.

If I were ten years younger I wouldn't have been able to sit in the second to the last row screaming and crying at the Beatles first American tour in Detroit.

I wouldn't have been sitting on the floor in my gym class in junior high listening over the loudspeaker that President Kennedy had been shot.

I wouldn't have worn daddy shirts, cutoffs and tennis shoes without socks as the unofficial uniform of the cool kids.

I wouldn't have marched downtown for civil rights after Martin Luther King had been shot.

I wouldn't have seen Bob Dylan in concert just when he went eletric. He did the first set alone and for the second set he came out with his band and the crowd booed. He looked out and said, "Come on guys" and started his set. When he was done everyone applauded their approval.

I wouldn't have tried to be a beatnik in highschool before anyone heard of hippies.

In college I wouldn't have marched against the Vietnam war.

I wouldn't have lived in the crazy house we called "Park Place" where I met my husband. There was always music playing and people getting high. Guys and girls living together in a somewhat loose commune. I defined myself as a hippy.

I wouldn't have hitch hiked with a girlfriend to Michigan State to see the Jefferson Airplane and the Lovin Spoonfull at an outside concert.

I wouldn't have hitch hiked up north with my then boyfriend for the weekend just for fun.

I wouldn't have seen Jerry Garcia entering Cobo Hall in Detroit on my first date with my husband. He waved to us and said hi as we were waiting for the concert.

I wouldn't have gotten married in a white mini dress with platform shoes at my home to a hippy.

I wouldn't have married a hippy and immediatley tried to reform him when I decided to "go straight" and hung on to a difficult marrige that produced four kids and four grandchildren so far.

I wouldn't be going to China to meet my new daughter in law and grandaughter this August.

I wouldn't be the poet I am because my writing comes out of my experience.

I wouldn't change a thing including my gray hair because that is what makes me who I am.

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Silvercat - - 6/12/2007 12:57 AM ET
A beautiful and personal celebration of your life. It reads like a history book with softened edges. You rock!
Lena S. (SquirrelNutkin) - 6/12/2007 7:27 AM ET
Ione I think this is one of the best things I've read of yours and I love them are awesome and I wish you were here to have a coffee with in are my idol! I loved this and read it again thank you......
Marta J. (booksnob) - 6/13/2007 2:04 PM ET
I love this so much-apparently we had similar younger years. I wouldn't change my membership in the Woodstock generation for anything! I too celebrate my beautiful grays for the very same reasons.
Amanda R. (amandaripsam) - 6/15/2007 5:56 PM ET
wonderful work it's nice to see age in women now a days. I love the look of grey hair I can't wait till I earn mine.
Mary B. (mysterymom) - , - 6/17/2007 1:14 AM ET
Great writing! Ever since I found PBS, I log on just to see what new things you write. I love to hear about your life.
Mary W. (maejae) - 6/24/2007 10:29 PM ET
I'm so glad you wouldn't change a thing... it's the good and the bad in life that molds us into who we are today and it is that person that goes on to touch the lives of so many others. Thank you for sharing. You have inspired me to write. ~M
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