Thoughts while out shopping

I was interested by this poster in my local optical chain which featured a wonderfully diverse range of customers. My eyes were drawn to the older model on the bottom left. Not only was she beautiful, but she had the length of hair women my age are always told we cannot have. And she is gloriously grey.

I chuckle every time I see assorted abbreviated as ass. It happens all the time in Sweden. Randig means striped.

This one was probably trying to be funny – a maximum of 328 per customer.

And this one made me think. When we went to South Africa we took home Covid tests with us in case either of us started feeling ill. No one there had ever seen or heard of a home test before. Not even at the pharmacy. If you need to be tested you have to pay a large sum of money to do it. Is this unusual in other countries?

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

10 thoughts

  1. Our children received free tests in bulk during covid-lockdowns from their middle school or university. They have stopped supplying them last year. They are still plenty available in drugstores and supermarkes for aournd 2 euro the piece.
    As for the hair: I think many women over 45 experience hair loss and hair thinning due to hormonal changes and that’s why there are so few “older” women with long hair. I applaud the dye-free trend (I’m currently transforming to my grey hair as well), it’s so liberating to not “have” to touch up your roots every 4 weeks or so.
    Vehemently disagree with the previous poster that everyone should chop off their hair. I’m a huge advocate for free will, so everybody should wear their hair exactly like they like it … 😉

    1. My hair thinned dramatically after I stopped HRT but luckily it’s less noticeable with curly hair. I have always had almost too-thick hair and now I realise how lucky I was.

    2. Judith, I agree with you regarding your comment about hair: everyone should do as they please, whether they want to keep it long or chop it, dye it or embrace their natural colour!

  2. I don’t discriminate against older women. As far as I’m concerned, everyone should be sent for a mandatory hair cut as soon as their hair touches their collar. There is very little in this life which irritates me as much as sitting behind someone with long hair on the bus and having their hair dangling over the bag sitting on my lap. I’ve even been hit in the face by some stranger’s pony-tail before now. Yeuch.

    1. I have had someone drape their hair over the seat in front of me on a plane! I do love having long hair though. I think it is because my mother forced me to keep my hair very short when I was young.

  3. I could not agree more regarding hair in the later years… I’m already 46 and my hair is almost down to my waist and I’m starting to get comments about how it would be so much more practical to cut it real short. I teach retired people and apart from one lady who has a long bob, all the ladies have got very short hair… I haven’t visited a hairdresser in years. I have a pair of hairdresser’s scissors and I trim my hair at least once a month, to preserve my hair’s health. I also dye it myself, although I’m starting to reconsider. I think this commercial is really perfect and reaches a broad audience.

    Regarding the Covid tests, during the height of Covid, tests were free all the time. You had many test stations all over town. Kids at school would also receive big boxes of tests to use every school day at first and then three times a week. Nowadays, you can still buy tests in supermarkets and chemists and there are still some test stations but you need to pay €3 to get tested.

  4. I buy my Covid tests at Aldi, 50% or less than the ones from the pharmacy (and identical once I open the pack)

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