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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta A FORUM ABOUT MATURE WOMEN (Note: We recently ran a teller from H. M. wlio lias three very small children and is 40 years old. She wrote she fell "ancient" in the company of I he oilier moth- ers who were much younger than herself. This letter, di- rected to N.M., camcs from a sympathetic Margaret lirookticld: I very well understand Die problems of lieinj! an older mother. I was :iD when my son was and M he slarlci! kindergarten, Now lie's 26 and I'm 65. Also, since 1 for 12 years ami have lisen the direc- tor of a nursery school for Ihc pasl 22, I've made Hie ac- cajainlamx! of many malure inolliers like N. M. I've always found them very likeable and more dependable too. I Uiink N. M.'s biggest problem is her attitude. She must stop thlnk- isig negatively and feeling in- secure or ancient. Ju.st tell her lo be herself and not lo feel that she must dress young or talk Hie younger mother's lan- guage. If she lias a smile and enters into Ihe conversation of the younger mothers, she will readily admired and ac- cepted regardless of bur age. Her pcrsonalily will be her hig- gesl asset. She can also over- come her inferiority complex by participating more in her children's activities. She should get out and make herself use- ful by becoming an active vol- unteer. For example, she could take part in the children's li- brary or be a teacher's helper in school. Although N. M. does have a problem, please lell her how easy it is ID have it cor- rected. M. C. Dear Margaret Brookfieldi Our two children arc grown end living away from liomc now. So, after having lived in tho same apartment for more than 20 my husband who is retired and I arc moving lo smaller quarters. Since v.v have more furniture, than we could possible take with us, I thought it might tie good idea to sell off a num- >cr of pieces thai wouldn't fit into ho new place anyhow. My lusband seemed to go along wilh Ihe idea; so I pul an ad In Ihe paper. The ad drew many replies and all sorts o peoplo have been coming t( our house since then. Some- times, they don't wish lo pay Ihe moderate amounts wc'r years, it's na ural for a person to think it and all il coiiiriins r "home." And usually, the oldr a person gets, lhu more ditf cult il Ls lo Hunk alxjut jhange. In view of Ihis. probably isn't Ihc fnrnitu Jsclf your husband care, about, but what thai furr.ilur represent. Perhaps he fci that with each piece lhat being sold, a piece of himsc s being chipped away. So u less you need Ibe cash dcspc alely, it might tie mud) easii on both of you if you dona vhe remaining furniture In tl Salvation Army, Goodwill I dustries, or similar organi? tion, This is a way of dealin with the problem quickly an all at once. You may not en up with as much money, b the savings in terms of cm lional costs might be co siderablo for your liusban And as an adricd bonus, yc contribution will be tax dedu Uble. noon Fon PROTKIN Five ounces of pcanul butt will provide a 10-year-old wi Ihe recommended daily allo ance of protein. Saturday, Augutl If, 1972 THE LETHBRIDG: HERALD 19 GirJs find marriage unattractive Loads of fun and games at geisha party FASHION CANADA'S FABULOUS FURS High on tho list of furry favorites from fashion Canada's 1972 col- lection is tiiis soft, silky blue fox coat from Natural Furs Ltd. of Montreal. Tiie price-tag reads Nearly 200 Canadian designed and manufactured fashions have been selected for full, na lion-wide promotion this year, and will be fealured in public showings scheduled for nine Canadian cities this fall. The following story about a geisha party, JU72 version, Ln Japan was written by J. C. Graham, Zealand corre- spondent of The C anad i an Press, who has been touring Southeast Asia. Wy 3. C. GRAHAM CP Correspondent TOKYO (CP) The gtislia concept has fascinated the West to such an extent that it has long been an irresistible subject for writers ol both fact arxl fiction. Yet, everyone suspects that only part of the story is told. Nowadays many geisha presentations are dismissed as no more than tourist shows for visitors, not the real Yet there is still insistence thai appreciation of the geisha tradition is esscnUal to a full understanding of Japan. This reporter recently had the opportunity lo attend a geisha party under the auspices an organi7ation of such im- eccable credentials and in cir- umstances of such assured au- henticity that if a genuine eisha evening exists in 1972, lis must have been it. We entered a low-sLructurcd vorxlon house in a quiet river- ide street in Tokyo contain- rag several similar premises. itepping stones on the .small had been newly swept and c r u b b c d. Everything was crupulously clean and tidy, TIEMOVK .SHOES Shoes were removed in the obby although Ihe 11 guests Tapanesc and Western, wore standard business suits. Inside, the floors were cov cred in tatami rice-strav, matting. Guests were seated on chairs without legs, at a lov ihle. The geishas entered one by one, knelt, made a bow They were mostly in the 20- t 4ft-year range, good looking i: individual ways without beir, beauties to turn heads ii crowd. All wore kimonos. Unexpectedly, they did use the highly stylized trad Uonal makeup except Ih maiko, or apprentice geisha She had the conventional whit makeup, including a pattern o the back of the neck, whic ap p arenlly turns on Ja p anes males. The others wore the no al makeup and hair styles of iy well-groomed woman. geishas knelt between the nests, poured beer, sake or apar.eso whisky BS preferred. he correc-c ritual of offering nd receiving drinks was point- d out, largely by gesture. While the guests were served ty 'waitresses with a many- UUTEC meal, the gei.shfis select- 1 choice morsel1; and offered icm to guests with chopsticks, ut ate nothing themselves. But they readily joined in the rinking when requested o m e particularly readily, 'rom lime to time the geishas round the table to sit Kjlween other guests. As well as refilling glasses the tiny .sake bowls at fre- uent intervals, they showed lose unfamiliar wilh Japanese icals how to cope with an as- ortment of dishes ranging from soups to raw fish, narinated shell-fish and ns- orted vegetables. Part of the way through the j neal Ihey formed a small or-' hestra of traditional Japanese nstruinents, white the maiko nd a geisha performed a ser- es of dances. AMES nrxjiN' Then thy parly games began. One was a guessing game play- ed by children in many count- ries scissors cut paper, paper vraps -stone, scissorr, break on stone. To music, each guest was persuaded to do a little ritual lance led by a geisha and try lis skill at outguessing the Uetsha in this game. The geishas demonstrated the art of origami, paper folding, low to wind a glass backward round the wrist without spill- ing, how to drink from two sake bowls held in tandem, how to pour sake drop by drop ir.io a full cup until tho surface was well over the top without over- flowing, how to pour a drink so that the liquids remained in separate layers in the glass. The maiko, wbo spoke more fluent English than her older colleagues, said she had grad- uated from high school the pre- vious year, had been appren- ticed for one year, now was 18 and had two years to go be- fore becoming a fully qualified geisha. During that time "no drink, no smoke, no boy-friend.' Most of the others had a i 'patron." One was rumored to j x: a prominent politician. And the patron apparently was ex- to make handsome monthly contributions for the privilege. Getting married, said one, was simply not an attractive proposition, for no husband could be expected to maintain a geisha in the style to which she wa.s accustomed. But, for the purposes of the parly, merriment rather than sex as understood in the Vr'est was the keynote. As the banquet continued, the geishas ten d ed to b ecome slightly boisterous. The paper, stone, scissors game was pur- sued on a Itss sedate note. Tlie Japanese guests doubled up with laughter. Far from giving any hint of blase sophistication, the geishas gave every sign of keen enjoyment. The young maiko withdrew as the liquor lowed more freely. Much of tho success of geisha party, a Japanese guest told m c, depends on whether the guests entered Into the spirit of the occasion. This, he said, was a particularly successful one. The appearance of slices of watermelon, served with a spoonful of salt, signal- led the end of Uie banquet The party began at p.m. and by ID p.m. the host thanked the guests for their attendance In a graceful little speech. The geishas accompanied tha guests to the entrance and gave presents of a fan and a cloth lo each guest. Tl'icrc was much giggling, and bowing, and we departed. Tiie Japanese hosts remained to settle the account, wliich an experienced foreigner estimated at abcjt for each guosi, None of the foreign guests re- ceived on invitation, or sugges- tion, for any subsequent ar- irangemep.t wilh a geisha. SEND YOUR CHILD BACK TO SCHOOL WITH 3-WAY PROTECTION AGAINST JNJURY TO THE EYE SAFE-HIM fUM.E (Buill to indujlfial ifcndcrdi, -HWDUIEor HUIDEMIKSK FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Specializing in the fitting of Eye Doctor's prescriptions Prescription Sunglasses Children's Frames Magnifiers Repaid Reasonable OPTICAL PRESCRIPTION CO. ST. 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