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This dress. THIS dress. We've been through so much together. Initially, I put it on this morning because I was cold. This dress is blue velvet with a cream colored satin lining, another cream colored satin inset, and a built in slip. It's warm. I love it. Once I got the dress on, memories of so very many things came flooding back—and most of them were good. Even in my short list of things on my drawing that might not be the best categories of memories, there were moments in those events or time frames what were.
For instance, I don't remember exactly what year my mom bought this for me (very early 1990s), but I do remember trying it on at the consignment shop where she worked and not being sure about it. My mother was sure. She was right.
It went to an unknown number of high school dances, I don't know how many nights out dancing in my adult years, at least one tea party, the odd midnight walk around the neighborhood, and gets aimlessly petted during times of stress. Like now.
This is a dress worth keeping.