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The Stranger and The Dress.

July 16, 2010


1.  I love to wear dresses in the summer.

2.  I just moved.

The Good Stuff:

At the beginning of June I did a little retail therapy.   The summer was about to begin and it was time that I added a couple new dresses to my closet.  I ended up finding one that I adore for it’s cute fabric, style and price tag.  I wore it a few times, washed it a few times; the last time my baby came out of the dryer the loopy dude thing on the one strap had broken.   Needless to say I was broken hearted.  It was a new dress and had quickly grown to be my favorite so I decided that I was going to find a way to get it fixed.

Having just moved to town I wasn’t sure where to take it for this simple fix so I brought it with me to work today to ask around and get some suggestions.  The first place I went after dropping my daughters off was my favorite family owned coffee shop near my office.  The owners live in town and I decided to ask the wife what she thought.  Initially she told me of a place she knew that did alterations and then she said, “Wait, I have another idea”.

Like most coffee shops this place has it’s regulars and I’m proud to be one of them.  Just happens that another one of their regulars has been having a tough time financially and she does some sewing.  The owner thought that she’d appreciate taking on some small sewing to help me out and herself as well.  This lady comes in every day and the wife told me that she’d ask her what she thought.  While I was there this woman came in and I brought in the dress and she agreed to fix it.  I was ecstatic to say the least.  Following the dress conversation she and I had a talk about single parenting, divorce and all of the changes that I’ve just taken on in my life including this move.  20 years ago she was me; her kids were older but she was me.   The short time spent with this stranger who now is in possession of my favorite dress was a great way to start today.

I love to meet and talk with women who have lived the life I live.   Women who give me confidence and courage.  Some day I hope that I can be that woman for someone and I hope that I’m living my life in a way that helps my girls grow and become strong women of substance and empathy.

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  1. July 16, 2010 8:48 pm

    What a lovely way to start your day. I’m glad you thought to bring your dress with you, and I hope she can fix it for you! And how nice to have some validation, from someone who has been in your shoes, that this will all be over and you will be fine. Very comforting.

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