Who determines popular culture trends? My daughters, who are each strong-willed, confident and capable, proved to me from the get go that they had minds of their own. I would say things like, “We don’t wear white after Labor Day,” and they would immediately counter with, “Says, who? What if I want to wear white in December in the middle of a snow storm?”
I admire them. I want to be more like them. So far, I haven’t really embraced the whole entering-my-50s part of life phase. I’m trying and I think I am doing better with each passing year. Something I consider more than a minor success is that I am no longer afraid to like what I like, whether anyone else likes it or not.
For instance, I absolutely crazy-love 1970s décor. From metal kitchen tables with red chairs, to orange and yellow shag rugs and books shelves in the middle of doorways serving as room dividers, I love it all. From an interior design perspective, the 70s were a virtual disaster and outside of a few hippies and flower children from Woodstock, not only does no one like the 70s, they pretty much look at anyone who does as though crazy or perhaps still tripping on some type of psychedelic 1970s drug.
As for me, whenever I stumble upon sets of frosted glassware, wooden cereal bowls or other 1970-esque wares at flea markets or yard sales, I am filled with joy. I automatically smile and think back to the many childhood memories I have when such items are part of everyday use in the average American household.
There are a few other things I secretly like that most people hate. For instance, I like pantyhose. They keep me warm in winter and I happen to think the give legs a nice, finished appearance and look elegant and classy with formal attire. It’s been a decade or more since I could find another woman to share my love for pantyhose, however.
I love writing letters. I love getting letters. Does anyone even correspond with pen and paper via postal mail anymore?
Curtains and lace tablecloths are two other things I love that cause eyebrows of raised concerned or worse, snickering among my more updated, trendy female friends. A pretty, flowy set of curtains or simple lace cloth on a table makes me feel warm and cozy in a small town, country sort of way. My friends would probably keel over if they knew how much I secretly love chenille bedspreads!
Do you secretly love things everyone else hates?
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Writer Bio: Judy Dudich
Judy Dudich resides in the beautiful woods of Pennsylvania, where 24 acres of land and a home-office provide the perfect setting for her children’s home-education and her own homesteading and business ventures. Life is full of blessings (and challenges!) for Judy, as a wife, mother of 10 and Grammy to six. She is a published author, whose book, “I Surrender/A Study Guide for Women” continues to encourage and support others in Christian family lifestyles throughout the world. Judy has also previously worked in the online speaking circuit. Her passion for permaculture, re-purposing, foraging and organic gardening fills her days with learning and adventure that she loves to share.