New England Matron

There is a class of woman in New England that is easily recognizable. I refer to them as the New England matrons. The typical appearance is

a dark skirt,
a white (or at least light colored, solid) shirt,
a wool sweater (pullover),
flat shoes,
high socks,
gray hair (shoulder length and straight),
locally active, committee woman,
and never wants to leave the area.

I don't fit this description. I have the tendency to saying exactly what I think, when asked . . . Not a good habit for a committee woman. As Mary Chapin-Carpenter says, "I've paid a price sometimes for being such a stubborn woman in such stubborn times."

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