The Publicity Shot

On April 16, 2013, in Inspiration, by speaker

   I remember being in my flannel nightgown, the sheep one, in my office doing a radio interview with a station in Seattle. The interview was about one of my books. I hung up the phone thinking about the irony of the whole thing. When you are outside of a public life, you think of the glamour, the prestige, the travel, and the thrills of it all. When you are inside the public life, it is just normal everyday work.

   With the tales of my tour travels in my books and column writing, you will know my public life mostly lacks glamour and prestige. It is more like a comedy. Only by God’s grace and mercy are we able to do what we do.

   All of this is to say another opportunity presented itself a few months ago. It had the possibilities of glamour and some prestige, Montana style. It came by way of a query “How about an interview for the Best Times paper?” she asked.

   “Sounds wonderful to me,” I said. I even dealt heroically with the fact that Best Times is mostly on seniors. I guess I am one. We did the interview over the phone and it was fun. She said a photographer would come to do pictures of me. The photographer set up an appointment

   I got up Thursday. My hair was like a mop. I forgot to sleep on my nose! I tried on 7 sweaters and 2 shirts. I had clothes strewn like a teenager in bedroom. – It took 45 minutes for me to re-curl and be reminded again that ‘real’ public people have hair dressers. I was very motivated to do makeup. I used stuff that has been in my drawer years! Even sharpened the lip liner, hurrying because he could pull in any minute when the phone rang.

   The photographer says “How bad would it be if I didn’t come today? My boss thinks I should come to where you are speaking Tuesday night. Then he wants me to come out Wednesday and get you and your Bible study.”

    I said – “Well I just spent an hour getting my hair to look good but….

   He said, “What food do you like? Pies? I will…”

    I said – ‘Scones, I like scones…

   He said, “Okay I know great scones, I will bring you one…

   I said – “And I put on all this makeup, just so my wrinkles would go away…

  He said, “Okay two scones..

   I said, “And I even used lip liner …and I am not a makeup person…

  He said, Okay three scones and that’s my limit.”

  I said, “Okay, I will see you Tuesday…but I just want you to know I look really really good right this minute…and there is no telling how many more wrinkles I will have by Tuesday. Okay, I’ll let you off the hook.”

   So the story is still unfolding and yes, I admit it. I am still somewhat pretty today. Of course no one is around with a camera.

Lois Olmstead

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I am at an age in my life where it is hard for me to remember anything. I walk into the kitchen to get something and when I get there, I can’t remember why I came there. ‘Course I don’t want to spend much time in my kitchen anyway because I don’t like to cook.


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