Since Andy Rooney’s passing several women have sent me an article expressing Rooney’s appreciation of women over 40. As with most of his musings, he hits on a universal truth. Women over forty do have something going on! This woman sums it up well:
“I am not sure what it is about turning 40, but it seems like suddenly, almost magically things, people, and situations that troubled women in the past melt away, and just do not seem to matter as much any more. So many of my friends have talked about this change, and how indeed if “we had only known then what we know now”….whether on skin care, men, friendships, careers, motherhood, volunteer work, and yes, even fashion! – 40-something, fashion, married, mom, San Francisco
In honor of Andy, here’s his insightful and seriously funny take on women over 40. It’s a great reminder to 20-somethings that that you have plenty to look forward to. The sooner you stop worrying about what other people think and start obsessing over what you think, the more in control you are of your own happiness. It’s remarkably freeing.
Andy Rooney on Women Over Forty
Andy Rooney says:
As I grow in age, I value women who are over forty most of all. Here are just a few reasons why: A woman over forty will never wake you in the middle of the night to ask, “What are you thinking?” She doesn’t care what you think.
If a woman over forty doesn’t want to watch the game, she doesn’t sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do. And, it’s usually something more interesting.
A woman over forty knows herself well enough to be assured in who she is, what she is, what she wants and from whom. Few women past the age of forty give a hoot what you might think about her or what she’s doing.
Women over forty are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won’t hesitate to shoot you, if they think they can get away with it.
Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it’s like to be unappreciated.
A woman over forty has the self-assurance to introduce you to her women friends. A younger woman with a man will often ignore even her best friend because she doesn’t trust the guy with other women. Women over forty couldn’t care less if you’re attracted to her friends because she knows her friends won’t betray her.
Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over forty. They always know.
A woman over forty looks good wearing bright red lipstick. This is not true of younger women. Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over forty is far sexier than her younger counterpart.
Older women are forthright and honest. They’ll tell you right off if you are a jerk, if you are acting like one! You don’t ever have to wonder where you stand with her.
Yes, we praise women over forty for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it’s not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed hot woman of forty-plus, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some twenty-two-year-old waitress.
Ladies, I apologize.
For all those men who say, “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free,” here’s an update for you. Now 80 percent of women are against marriage, why? Because women realize it’s not worth buying an entire pig, just to get a little sausage