About Confessions of a Geriatric Prom Queen
This book explores what seems to be the last taboo in movies and TV, sensuality after sixty. The author describes her “coming of old age” adventures in a hilarious book of stories about dates on a clothing optional beach with a retired Royal Grenadier to a movie shoot with an amateur director, to a real romance with a late-in-life true love. She hopes to inspire the older crowd to drop some of their inhibitions and get more enjoyment out of life after sixty and give younger readers something to look forward to in the future.
Take Two – A Movie Shoot with an Amateur Director
Milton called from Best Buy, all exited, “Baby, have I got a surprise for you,” he said in his sexiest voice, “I finally bought it. You are going to love my new Sony, DCR 108 Camcorder with 40X optical zoom. Put on something really sexy. I’m coming to try it out on you.
I felt very lucky to have a man in my life who turned me on with his knowledge of megabytes, megahertz, Blackberries, iPods, iPhones, Kindles, Nooks and what they could do to make our lives more youthful.
I tore off my gray work-out sweats and jumped in the shower. Like a speeded-up old movie, I washed my hair, shaved my legs, dusted myself with powder, smeared myself with lotion and sprayed myself with White Diamond cologne.
I put on new black lace nightie and cut off Victoria’s Secret tag, size L. Over it, I draped a sheer, slightly faded negligee I pulled from the bottom dresser drawer of my still-hopeful chest.
The door chimes rang. I smeared pale gloss over my lips and blush over my cheeks. I slipped into my strappy high-heeled sandals and almost tripped on the negligee as I rushed to open the door. There stood Milton, the 68-year-old short and stocky Romeo I had met at a senior center Zumba class. He swept me into a warm and passionate embrace, which I hoped would not mess up my hair or makeup before the “shoot.”
“We are about to make our own jerk – off flick,” he joked with a mischievous glint in his eyes.
I hated his crudeness sometimes, but at that moment, I too, giggled at the thought of posing for an adult film rather than a newsletter for retired school teachers’ pension plans.
Before “assuming a position” I hobbled to the mantle to remove the pictures of my children and grandchildren from the background of the movies we were about to create. Milton called me back with “Lights, camera, action!”
Posing seductively, shyly at first, I felt self-conscious and awkward with Milton’s directions to caress my left breast with my right hand and stroke my inner thigh with my left hand….
“Cut! Hey Doll,” he called to me. Come see yourself on X rated TV?”
I came back barefoot, and wearing my bifocals. I sat down next to Milton who was fiddling with the remote.
“I told you I’d make you a stah, dahlink.” He pronounced in a fake accent that still sounded like Brooklyn.
I watched, fascinated from the sofa….At first, I didn’t recognize the image I saw in very High Definition on the 52-inch screen. I thought the makeup would have covered the dark puffiness under my eyes and the lines around my mouth. The hair was not a flattering silver but a rather dull pewter.
Worst of all, whose body was that in a lingerie that didn’t fit? What was that skin doing hanging from my thighs and upper arms? And the breasts so saggy even lying down. I gasped. “Turn it off, Milton. I don’t want to see any more. It’s a horror film” …..
Enjoy the rest of Lila’s adventures here.
What Reviewers Have to Say
In “Confessions of a Geriatric Prom Queen,” Lila Lee Silvern shows with bittersweet humor the joys and challenges of romance among seniors. Her stories pull back the curtain on something that those of us who are younger rarely think about — and it turns out that love and sex among older folks isn’t all that different than they are for the rest of us. The narrator’s tenderness for her lovers perfectly blends with her sharp, sometimes biting wit. I laughed out loud and teared up in the span of a few pages! I’m buying a copy for my mom, and three more for her to give to her friends. – Heather
Reading the first “Confession” was like eating the first chocolate in the box – Delicious! I had to read the next one, and then one more, until I had finished the whole book, laughing out loud. Lila’s delightful sense of humor and ability to share herself -“The Geriatric Prom Queen” – results in a terrific read. Tearing away at long-held stereotypes of aging and romance, Lila gives us a joy ride into later life pleasures still to be found. -Emy B
I loved this book! It was funny, touching and insightful into the joys, changes and challenges of aging. Although in my 50’s, it made me appreciate and not fear getting old due to the heartwarming stories and joy and romance that are found in each piece. Lila Lee Silvern writes extremely well and has a great sense of humor and irony. I found it hard to set this down. I’d recommend it to readers of all ages. -Thistle
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