Do you remember Blanche Devereaux? She's one of the "Golden Girls" played by the late Rue McClanahan. I liked all of the 'girls' on that show. I loved Bea Arthur's wry sense of humor and Betty White's naivete; but what I always liked most about Blanche was her beautiful wardrobe, and I often commented on how really attractive she was in her senior years. I was not as impressed with Estelle Getty, but that's just me.
We have a "Blanche Devereaux" at our church. Nooooo, silly; she's not a the flirty, loose type. She just happens to bear a strong resemblance to Rue McClanahan and she dresses just as stylishly. I think this spunky gal told me she's in her mid-eighties, but she could easily pass for 67 or so. We're sort of new to the church, so I can't ever remember her name. I just think of her as Rue. Every Sunday we slip into the pew right behind her. During the 'fellowship' part of the service she always greets us with that engaging smile and we exchange pleasantries. Nice lady.
This week's sermon was all about regeneration. Our pastor gave us some remarkable statistics about how the human body actually renews itself many times over one's lifetime. For example, our skin replaces itself about once a month. Most of the dust in our homes is actually flakes of skin. Who knew? I guess snakes aren't the only creatures that shed their skin! According to Pastor Gonzaga, our entire body regenerates about every seven years or so. Not bad!
With church over we headed for the fellowship hall for coffee and cookies. 'Rue' was right behind us. She linked her arms in mine, leaned close to me, smiled and whispered, "Can you believe what Pastor Gozaga said about our bodies renewing every seven years?"
I smiled and replied, "It's fantastic, isn't it?"
"Well I don't know about that," she replied with a laugh. "If my body parts are being replaced every seven years, I think God must be ordering them from the wrecking yard!"
Spoken like a true Golden Girl!
Who's your favorite Golden Girl?