July 09, 2010

Aging Gracefully with Comedy

This week’s Beauty of the Week is Anita Renfroe. I know, I know! Anita is a musician, comedian, author, and a regular guest on Good Morning America. Anita first caught my attention when she became a YouTube sensation with her comedic rendition  William Tell Momsense. Momsense is about everything a mother typically says to her children in the course of a day.  Recently Anita caught my eye (and heart) again with her latest video Wrinkled Ladies which she suggested be Lines of Beauty's theme song. Absolutely!

What I love most about Anita is that she likes to talk about what most people are hesitant to discuss. She's a woman after my own heart. Anita thank you so much for joining in on the fun and taking time out of your busy schedule to answer a few questions:

Lines of Beauty: Anita what do you like about growing older?

Anita: Aging carries with it a sort of release. It’s somewhat necessary because things do fall away (fall off; fall, period) and we don’t always have the choice of letting things go. So there’s a wonderful sense of freedom that comes with just not caring as much about a LOT of things anymore. There is also enormous wisdom that life has afforded us that begins to coalesce and meander into our default mental state. I think that is a source of true beauty.

Lines of Beauty:  Anita do you have any funny stories to tell about something that has happened to you regarding midlife ?

Anita: Being a comedian I find midlife to be a source of continual comedy material. The fact that you now have control over almost NOTHING is something that you either laugh or cry about. I’m bound by my professional duty to laugh about it and report to others!

Lines of Beauty: Any words of advice, or words of wisdom, about aging gracefully?

Anita: Aging gracefully is for wimps. I think it’s something to run toward and skid in broadside. Sorta like a really great Slip-n-Slide run!

Lines of Beauty:  How old are you?  Don’t feel like you have to answer this...

Anita: I’m 48 years old and proud of every year that God has given me on this earth so I never mind telling my age. And so many of our friends and family have not made it to this age so all I have is gratitude. Besides, I have GRANDBABIES NOW and that IS THE best part of aging – without a doubt.

Lines of Beauty: Anita your beloved Wrinkled Ladies video has quickly become a hit, along with all of your other great videos, and I for one cannot wait to see what you come up with next. Thank you again being our Aging Beauty of the Week :-)

Below is Anita's latest dvd Big Ol' Sweet Ice Tea.