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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

One Dirty Sweater

Me. Talking. It's a habit...

Okay, I admit it.
Fashion has never been my forte.
Yes, I like to look tidy.
And clean.
And have at least a passing acquaintance with what is popular.
I do draw the line at old and frumpy.
But sometimes, I’ve been known to stretch the rules a bit.
Case in point . . .
It was Sunday.
I wanted to wear my cream-coloured sweater. It was bulky. Comfy.
And, with the frigid cold outside, warm.
I donned a coordinating skirt. Then my sweater.
Stopped in front of the mirror on my way out the door to do a cursory examination.
Oops. Something wasn’t quite right.
You have to know that, with the large brood of children we had, it wasn’t unusual to be marked.
Spilled on. Used for everything from soiled fingers to runny noses.
And sometimes said marks and spillage went unnoticed until my little glance in front of the mirror the next time those clothes were worn.
What’s that? Up near the shoulder?
What could only be classified as a smudge.
If I had the equipment, and the ambition, I probably could have taken a fingerprint.
And identified the culprit.
But that was unimportant right then. We were getting ready to leave and this was the only sweater that went with this particular skirt. A total change was indicated. Sigh.
Then I thought of another solution. A daring, totally doable solution!
Turn the sweater inside out.
Which I did.
I glanced again into the mirror.
Perfect! Not one stain or fingerprint.
And no one would notice the inside-out-age anyway.
Wrong.
No sooner had I sat down in one of the pews in the center of the chapel then someone tapped me on the shoulder. “Diane. Your sweater’s on inside out.”
I turned back. “I know,” I said. “The other side is dirty.”
There was a gasp and the sound of laughter from everyone seated behind me.
Then one of them said, and I quote, “Only Diane.”
I guess if I have to be known for something, this is okay.


15 comments:

  1. Ha ha! So YOU"RE the one who started that trend! (you know, having the seams on the outside)

    I hope you made your fortune!

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  2. I thought your idea was pretty clever myself - maybe you should have said that you were creating a new "look" and before you know it the whole church would be wearing inside out sweaters :)

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  3. I would have pretended I hadn't noticed my sweater was inside out. Oh let's face it, I would have done the change of outfit, or a quick sponge off at the offending spot.
    I'm no fashion plate myself, leaning quite heavily to the frumpy second hand look, which doesn't bother me at all, as long as the clothes are clean.

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    1. Yep. Clean is my one hang-up. Erm. Most of the time . . .

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  4. What a wonderful story! Leanne, from Cresting the Hill, sent me your way. I'm so happy she did. You've got a great blog here. Now to catch up...

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    1. I'm so happy to welcome you, Trisha! Heading to yours now . . .

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