Sunday, September 10, 2006

Good Times when you still look like a teenager?


Recently I met two people who pretty much seemed to be very down to earth and friendly. My authors and I were working the Black Expo in August and having quite a nice time. Books were selling very well until she arrived and sat right next to me. Suddenly my line emptied and hers begin to drape around the room. Who is this woman that potential fans of my writing dropped me for? It was none other than this woman.

Do you recognize her? She is the beautiful smart talking sister of JJ from the show, Good Times, BerNadette Stanis. I couldn't believe that this lady who I couldn't wait to see on TV when I was in 8th grade looked almost exactly like she did so long ago. She was all smiles the whole entire time that she was there. My nephews who are 16 and 18 watched "Good Times" in reruns. Boy we couldn't pulled the smiling star struck boys away. (I was unable to scan their photos with her)

This person was the handsome brother, Mel Jackson from Soul Food and other TV shows. He purchased one of my books, saying that he was looking for books with the potential to become movies. He bought "A Hole in My Heart", later I thought, "foolish me why didn't I show him my other book," Backroom Confessions? I was unable to post pictures taken with my my nephews due to scanning problem. These photos were taken with my cell phone.


These two actors were down to earth and very friendly. Even though everyone else treated them like stars they were displaying no attitude or so call star power. Though Thelma is no longer on current television, reruns in syndication introduced her to a new generation with a new popularity?

Do you look your age? If you told someone your age would they be surprised at your response?

18 comments:

Deb S. said...

There was a time that I looked a full 10 years younger than my age. I don't think that's the case anymore. I've never been a good judge about such things. However, I have had several people act surprised when they learned the ages of my older children. And they don't believe me when I say I have never colored my hair.

You say, "Good Times is when you still look like a teenager." For me, "good times" is when you feel comfortable in your own skin.

Bernadette looks good, but she has nothing on you.

Great topic.

Rose said...

You are right Deb: a Good time is when you look feel good in your own skin but it is also when you are healthy and feel good. My mom looks a full ten years younger, gorgeous skin and just an all around good healthy person. My neices seems to think I'm about 10 years younger than I am. So you are right good times are when you are comfortable with who you are. But it doesn't hurt to still look great like you did when your were younger...

Brownsoul said...

I think to most people, I look at least 5 years older than I am. My sisters say that I carry myself like an older person, but I think that I just look older and because of that I tend to attract older men...some of them really nice guys, but there is no way I can bring myself at 23 years old to date a 39 year old man.

Luke Cage said...

Ooohhh snap!!! You done put up a picture of my first crush and love, miss BerNadette Stanis. That is my girl, and yes she is as beautiful today as she was back in the day. Can you believe she's in her 50's??? I watched Good Times for her and her alone and got pretty ticked off when she married that bozo Keith.

Anyway, I've been told that I don't look my 40 years that I am. The salt and pepper in my goatee hairs give me away though and even then, some folks don't think I'm actually 40. Personally, I think that its because of my above playful nature for a man of my age that causes folk to think I'm not my age. But that's just 'cause I'm a happy guy is all. Truthfully speaking, I think I just look a great and young looking 40. Now that's pretty cool...

Miz JJ said...

I don't look my age. I am well past the age to buy liquor and I always get hit up for ID.

princessdominique said...

It's always great to meet people in person. I don't look my age. I'm still getting carded.

Rose said...

Brownsoul: I got the same thing myself. "You are so mature so you look older," that happened more when I was like 15 years old.

Luke: In her 50's, my she really does handle aging very well. Good genes..acting young keeps you young.

Mizz JJ:
that's a good thing in one respect but I know other times it can make you angry...

Princess: imagine waiting to watch this show back in the day with your family and still ocassionally I watch it with my neices and nephews to finally meet this person who potrayed a positive, higher education seeking role. The book she wrote, she co-wrote with her husband. He was equally friendly. I hate to see people become so out of touch or so into themselves that they lose touch with an audience but their personalities help sell hundreds of books for them.

chele said...

I'm told I don't look my age but then again what does 41 look like?

Clare said...

I've never heard of that show you mentioned. Is it a famous show in the US?

I have been told that I don't look my age but how should you look at a certain age?

Rose said...

Chele: that's good. when I was younger kids you to think 20 was old so I guess if you look at age like a kid then we would be considered old. But from all that I have heard and read of late, 40's is the new twenties. Good for us huh!

TTD said...

i'm 12 days away from 24 and many people think im still in high school.. i know that's not much of a difference, but dammit i'm no longer in high school! lol

urban butterfly said...

I get mixed reactions. Some people think I look older, some think I look much younger, some thing I look my age. But most of the time, people think I look alot younger than I am.

Shawn said...

I look every bit of my age. Sometimes people think I look younger than my age. People always say I sound older than my age.

No_the_game said...

I always get 10 years more than my age if ppl know what i have done or do for living.

Such a shame!!!!

Love you Miss ROSE

Rose said...

TTd: Well happy birthday to you. You sound like some other young folks I know but you know what when you are older you will look back and say what was I thinking...there is nothing wrong with looking young.

Urban Butterfly: Mixed reactions is a good thing too.

Shawn: Maybe you think you look every bit of your age,but others think differently. We tend to judge ourselves differently or harsher than others.

No the game: I love you too and miss you when you stay away too long. I hope all is well with you. I know you are working hard though.

Kayla said...

Yes! I've gotten that all of my life. When I was 16, people thought I was 12. When I was 18, people didn't think I was old enough to drive. I transitioned to active duty at a late age; 25. When I got to my first command, most of my crew thought I was 19 or just graduating from high school. Now, at 28, it's still going. I still get carded, and when I tell people my age, they are always shocked. They usually think I'm about 21, 22...23 at the most. They are definitely going by my looks, because I do have a baby face. When I tell people my age, they usually say that explains a lot, because, though they think I'm young, they often say they thought I was very mature for my age; the age they thought I was.

Not too long ago, I went to an establishment and these people were determined to make me a minor. A female worker asked me, "Are you eighteen?" Laughing, I said, "Ma'am, I'm way over eighteen." She said, "No you're not. You couldn't be. You don't look like it." I showed her my ID and she was floored. I get that all the time, so I'm used to it. I'm always curious to see how old they think I am, though.

Sorry for the blog post in your comments. :)

Elizabeth said...

I didn't look my age until the last couple of years...I need to go back to the dermatologist!

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