Monday a friend and I went through my husband’s clothes. The night before I had made the decision to do this. I spent a short while crying but was determined to do it anyway. It was time.
He loved clothes, shoes, and assessories and was quite the shopping companion. He was very patient and never bucked at me trying on numerous things. He loved the mall as much as I did. As a result of this, he had a very extensive, expensive wardrobe.
I thought I would have a difficult time completing the task, but I didn’t! My friend who helped me was very respectful during this proces. I had a story to tell for almost every item. We even managed to laugh at his few fashion faux pas. Three hours later we dropped off two huge bags to Goodwill, one to a close friend of his, two bags for my brothers, one for my dear uncle, and a final bag for my friend. Nicholas only took a few t-shirts to sleep in. I even saved a few trinkets for Ethan and Evan.
It makes me feel better knowing that his clothes are not just sitting around collecting dust. I will get so much pleasure from seeing others putting them to use.
Yesterday I decided I needed to go shopping for new jeans and a few other odds and ends. My friend and hair stylist of 14 years and I headed to the mall. She only went to appease me as she does not like to shop–imagine that!!! But she was on her best behavior and allowed me to go wild trying on everything that suited my fancy without getting her panties in a bunch. I was really in a shopping mood and was thus thankful that she was so patient with me for a couple of hours. Even six inch heels didn’t slow me down!
I really have to take my time looking for the right pair of jeans. I am short with a very tiny waist. Most jeans are entirely too long or don’t fit my waist properly.
So I decided to try the latest fad, “skinny jeans.” This style is actually new for me because I was a mere toddler at the peak of their popularity. I’ve seen them on a few women out and about and on girls at school and I love the way they hug the ankles.
I found a really cute pair and commenced to try them on. They fit almost perfectly! They didn’t gape open at the waist nor did they sweep the floor. They will look great paired with pumps or ballet flats.
"Saucy and extra bossy" as the kids like to say
My students think it is a part of their role to critique my clothing and assessory choices. Everyday I am surveyed from head to toe. Then I have to listen their comments about what I have on that day. I think the focus is more heightened because they wear uniforms. And there are only so many things one can say about khaki pants and polo shirts.
Yesterday they did not like my lace socks paired with ballet flats. I know because I heard all about it!
And they always complain about the green marbled sweater coat that I put on when I get chilly (which is all the time). They call it the “ugly old bathrobe.” They really get bent out of shape when it doesn’t match what I am wearing!
The one Friday that I wore a pair of Coach sneakers, I was the talk of the school! No one thought I even owned a pair of tennis shoes, I was informed.
Once when I was not wearing my wedding ring, a male student asked if I was “mad” at my husband!
Today it was my shoes. I happen to like them and think they are quite cute and quaint. Many kids agreed with me. But several wondered why I had on “old lady” shoes at my age? One of my students called them girl “leprechaun” shoes and asked if I was looking for “me gold”! Another student inquired “Where you think you going in those shoes?!” But they liked the pair of diamond barretts in my hair, so they gave me “points” for those.
A front view
A side angle
Of course they have opinions about EVERYTHING! Their junior fashion critiques add a little humor to my day. Not to mention, it is a good springboard for teaching fact versus opionion!
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