Monday, August 06, 2007

The Last Poof

This last weekend the girls and I attended the Biblical Mennonite Alliance convention in Wooster, Ohio, along with over a thousand other similarly minded and lifestyled people. Of course I enjoyed the spiritual input and fellowship with lots of people I knew, and I also had to play Margaret Meade, studying the following groups:

The teenage girls: Wholesomeness is cool--long drapey skirts and lacy little head coverings. Hair is parted in odd little slanted parts and slicked down against the head in ways that my generation would not have done even with hot pokers in our ribs. A hundred young people sang on the stage one afternoon, and I was impressed with the tone of the group, which of course also included:

The young guys: loose and a bit sloppy is the called-for garb, accented by little tufts of chin hair and uncombed locks on top. Then we had:

The chic young moms: I don't know that I've ever seen such a collection of elegant moms. No sloppy jumpers and straggly hair here. Slim young women in tiered skirts and Christopher&Banks sweaters marched in with four and five well-groomed children apiece.

The women my age and older varied from chic and confident to old and tired. I looked over the huge group and came to the startling conclusion that I, in the far West, and way behind the times, and in my hair I have the Last Poof In America. Flat is in, puffy is out.

But this is kind of like Tammy Faye Bakker and her makeup. I like my poof, and too bad for you if you don't like it.

But just before I left, who should I meet but a young lady with a big bouffant reassuring poof in her hair. Yes!!

Quotes of the Day:
"I think if you look around long enough you can still find some of those antique relics."
--Amy, on poofs

"The poof returns to plague a new generation."
--Emily, on seeing the abovementioned young lady and her sisters' lovely poofs


  1. thanks for a good chuckle today....=) yes, isn't it funny how styles come and go. What we think looks perfectly fine today will probably bring howls of laughter to the next generation. btw, I had kin at that conference too, Alva Yoder, Kevin into any of them?

  2. Ahhhh yes...the much loved Mennonite poof. Thanks for making me smile today!

  3. Okay, so I know three of my cousins were there from Plain City, and at least one used to have a poof.........and they wear nice sized black veils......maybe you didn't see them.........

  4. I loved this post - it made me laugh out loud! I could so identify!

  5. interesting post . . . I wonder how I'll perceive all that when we visit America next year after being gone for 2 1/2 years? =)

  6. Not quite "the last poof" .. mine poofs, too! ;-)

  7. Hi,
    I just found your blog while googling canning grapes. I love it, someone who lives like we do, with a sense of humor even!

  8. hilarious. half glad i wasn't at convention--hearing what you're saying about everyone else sort of makes me wonder what you actually think about me :-)

  9. I was just at a wedding this weekend and realized the poof is out. Wow, where have I been?