What is happiness? On a recent photography shoot for Altrusa(Literacy for Children), I had heard a couple words being repeated over and over.....The Tucson Prunes.....The Tucson Prunes. And there were a lot of older folk there, so I thought, "Good for them. They found a prune they like...and in Tucson!"
Come to find out, the Tucson Prunes were divas just ready to prove that retirement should be enjoyed. I thought for a bit because I'm not one to post a lot of people pictures on this blog but then I thought of my reader base....and I thought this just might make your day:) And I'm not going to lie, it made mine as well. I really really smiled at this Altrusa highlight.
Their performance demonstrates that you can be sexy at any age. Their first number caught the crowd's attention. Funny ladies dressed up in gardening gear letting the crowd adjust to the idea of older women calling themselves "prunes!" And it was their way of saying, "It's okay to laugh. Just enjoy."
As the numbers went on, the women really started showing the crowd their moves. What is happiness? It's something you love to do. And it's about the people who surround you. Happiness is also dedication to that special group of people whether it be family, a spouse or a best friend.
The ladies, in my humble opinion, were no "prunes" at all. They make me think that I have a lot to live for....that retirement isn't such a scary thing....that growing older isn't the end of the world.....but just the beginning to another exciting chapter of our lives. If we choose this......
Many of the members are Grandmothers, wives, and active in a lot of organizations. The Tucson Prunes meet 4 hours each week with their choreographer and rehearse. They also cover a lot of the expenses within their group.....because it's something they love. And you can see it on their faces while they're performing.
As a photographer, their performance was a highlight for me and a wonderful challenge to capture all their beauty during the dance numbers. The tricky part is choosing the pictures for the post. There were so many wonderful shots!
And afterwards, I felt happy and rejuvinated. Someone asked me once, "If you could go back and relive your youth, would you?" No. Never. I have no regrets about that time period(and it was fun), but as I'm getting older, I'm enjoying the subtle things in life that I carelessly took for granted while I was younger.
There are people who fear aging. A lot of my female friends make the comments now. "Well I don't look like that 20-something person I used to be." My response back, "Why would you want to?" And "used to be"?!!! Live life. Love life. It's the only one we have.
These ladies are sexy.....and they show it! Wiggle wiggle wiggle! LOL! Sorry I had to put that in there. The Tucson Prunes are amazing. Their number is (866)778-6372.