The more forgiving definition comes from the Free Dictionary: “A married woman or a widow, especially a mother of dignity, mature age, and established social position.”
The British English Dictionary is far less forgiving: “a woman, usually one who is not young, who is fat and does not dress in a fashionable way.”
What comes to mind for you when you hear this word? Something along these lines?Now remember this is probably somebody’s mother…
Thereason this word came up for me this week, is a friend of mine who I consider to be the definition of tall, lithe and in-great-shape mentioned that for the first time in her life she was seeing “matronly” in the mirror. My immediate thought was, so what does that make me?
This friend has hiked the Alps, the Andes, the Himalayas and Denali… recently! And yet even she is beginning to wonder about the “M” word!
I guess it had to happen sooner or later. Most of my friends and acquaintances are pushing 60, BUT how did this ever happen? I see plenty of blog posts by 40-ish women fearing the day they might suddenly appear old, frumpy and unstylish, but my friend was NOT talking about her clothes!
Who can forget Aunt Bee? Wasn’t she just the perfect image of matronly, with that up do and always an apron? Pearls seem to be required too, but such a loving woman!
Can we age beautifully, happily and gracefully… or is that just a midlife fantasy?