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My Life Flashed Before My Eyes
One of the reasons we bought our home 20+ years ago was The Closets! Naturally, as closets do, they filled over time. The end of this month Son #2, his wife and two young children are moving in with us while their new house is being built (6-7 months). The two guest room closets need to be empty. In order to do that I had to empty the I-am-no-longer-that-size-nor-will-I-ever-be-again Closet of Favorite Sacred Clothes. And so today a friend's daughter-in-law arrived to see if anything fit - she's into vintage clothes. I hoped there would be at least one or two things that she liked and that fit her.

As she paraded out of the guest room with each try-on, my life flashed before my eyes. The Albert Nippon suit I wore to a son's wedding - beige perfect for the mother-of-the-groom but with touches of rhinestones, pearls and embroidery. The stunning little black French designer dress that gave me elegance and confidence many times. The palazzo pants (slit to just above the knees) with the matching shell and Eisenhower-style jacket - black and cream print. Loved it! Wore it to my parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary party in 1994. The sleeveless shell, lined in silk, and beautifully embroidered with many colors in flame stitch - from The Oval Room at Dayton's in Minneapolis back in the late 60's. My great aunt's long, silk nightgown from the 20's - could be an evening gown today! Beautifully made clothes. She took 14 hangers (out of about 18) when she left hours later. She was thrilled, and I enjoyed giving her the history of each garment.

They're only clothes; I realize that. But they represented events, times in my life. I shall miss them. It's an odd feeling as lately I've felt the need to de-clutter and have given away a number of whatevers that strike me as "don't-need-its" as I open a closet or cupboard. Those didn't hit me as much as this afternoon's session with the clothes. But maybe that's why I could get rid of the little things - they haven't the meaning for me. (well, duh, sue!)

But I now have empty closets! However, I'll keep all my shoes - they take up less room.

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lblanchard From: lblanchard Date: September 14th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)
It's not easy, is it? Yesterday I contemplated three big Tupperware containers full of Clothes I Might Wear Again If I Lose Half My Body Weight. Packed in containers, they don't take up that much space, and they're in our back house where the space isn't needed, so they may rest there for a little longer.

Your assortment of Sacred Clothes sounds absolutely wonderful, and I hope that friend's daughter-in-law is suitably grateful.

Edited at 2009-09-14 11:55 am (UTC)
sueschus From: sueschus Date: September 15th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
It is nice to know I'm not the only one with CIMWAIILHMBW! Today I thought that while they are not *my* clothes anymore, they are still clothes, and will continue to go to events and be part of a life. Yes, I hope the young woman understands that they really were a special gift.

Ah, enough of closets. Now to prepare - mentally and physically - for son #2, daughter-in-law, 4-1/2 year old diva granddaughter and 2 year old toilet training grandson's 6-7 months "visit". I do lead an exciting life!
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