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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Golden Girl Moment


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?

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17 comments:

joanne said...

that is priceless! I loved them all for the same reasons you did but I guess I identified most with Dorothy. Tall, dorky, not so attractive but really smart Dorothy. Love Blanche but was sometimes put off by her 'ways.' Same with Rose and Sophia. But the funny thing is that my MIL is the spitting image of Blanche, not the hoochie but the look, the hair, the body type (bigger boobs), the smile, her voice...all of it, it's eerie.

Debora said...

Joanne, I suspect that most people liked Dorothy best. She was so smart, wasn't she!

The Elephant's Child said...

I adored Bea Arthur's voice. She could have read a shopping list, or a telephone directory to me and I would have listened entranced. And her sense of humour paralleled my own. I am just nothing like as fast with the quips.

Linda O'Connell said...

That should be on a plaque somewhere.

Bookie said...

What a great comeback from "Rue'...my favorite was Ms. Getty...gal with zip despite the age, and she looked just like the little neighbor across the street!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

What a great story! You wrote it so well, and I can picture her in my mind.

I always enjoy watching an episode of that show.

Kathy M.

K9friend said...

This show is among my favorites. It always made me laugh. Still does, for that matter. Like others have mentioned, my favorite GG was Dorothy. Level headed and sensible. Now if only I had writers to give me the quick quips that Dorothy always had!

Thanks for visiting Critter Alley. You're right. My Bogey is a handful. He gives me plenty of writing material!

Pat
Critter Alley

Myrna R. said...

Ha. I can really relate to your 'Blanche'. I suppose at some point, regeneration must stop.

ellen b. said...

I don't know about the Golden girls but I can relate to the comment "Rue" made...

Debora said...

Hello Elephant's Child (wish I knew your name)Bea Arthur did have an amazing voice, didn't she? I wonder if she was so quick in real life or if it was all her writers'?

Linda, I oughtta make much and sell them on etsy...

Bookie, Estelle Getty was my mom's favorite too...I think she could relate!

Kathy, thanks for the visit! I like to watch reruns too, GG, Taxi, Seinfeld are some favs.

Pat, Dorothy is certainly most people's fav.

Myrna, yes, the pastor mentioned that regeneration does stop...they call it death!


Jack McCallum said...

I love it! My favorite GG was Sophia because she told it like it is and was so feisty. I also loved that she loved her daughter with all her heart.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

I liked Sophia best, too. She was a little outrageous, and clueless at times, but she was feisty as all get out and loved the "younger" gals.

Debora said...

OK! Susan, Jack and Bookie like Sophia the best! Looks like Estelle and Bea are neck and neck!

Juanita Nobles said...

I loved that show too. I'm the Golden Girl now and have the silver or golden-haired friends to prove it. What a cute post. Enjoyed reading it, but didn't find the meme poem I was looking for.
http://juanitanobles.blogspot.com

Carol Kilgore said...

The wrecking yard! I love it. As for Golden Girls, I don't think I have a favorite. They were each unique.

Happy Weekend!

Mark Noce said...

Yes, I do remember them, but they always kind of reminded me of my grandparents;)

Debora said...

Hi Juanita...I stopped by your blog and left a link for the meme I think you want. Thanks for visiting!

Carol...I agree. I think the sum of the show is greater than it's parts.

Mark...Hello! I thought they were grandmotherly for a long time too, but as time progresses, they seem to become more relevant to me!

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