Sunday, October 11, 2009

Leaving so soon?

IT’S been a long time coming. IT’S been lying folded in a see-through plastic storage box in the closet for at least one year where I would catch an occasional glimpse of IT. IT was previously relegated to the back of the closet and not worn for at least one year. IT was enjoyed immensely and frequently worn for at least two years during the winter months. IT has now moved to the donation box and will soon find IT'S way to Goodwill. Here IT is:

It’s my black wool check skirt with a little fringe hem. How I loved wearing it. It was usually paired with black tights and a black turtle neck sweater, my favorite way to wear it. I’d pair it with a shawl or a scarf; it was like a winter uniform for me. After years of Catholic school I felt right at home in it. Our school uniform was a woolen pleated skirt worn in the tropical, humid weather of Hawaii. Whose brilliant idea was that? But back to my skirt, it represented cold, mainland winter weather to me. I was living some sort of winter wonderland fantasy whenever I wore it. Imagine if I lived in someplace like Michigan or Chicago!

Well, lately I had begun to think perhaps the length was a little short for me, and to be completely honest, it didn’t fit like it used to if you get my drift. Also the phrase “age appropriate” began to raise its ugly head which I imagine to look like a three-headed hydra. I am sure this has happened to you…you’re walking in back of someone, she looks great from behind, long hair swinging, nice figure, dressed in a short denim skirt and body skimming tank top, shapely legs and all of a sudden she turns around and…OMG! Well, I didn’t want that to happen to me so my favorite skirt is headed for someone else to make good use of.

Goodbye, old friend, breaking up is hard to do.


  1. Smile. I wore a relatively short skirt myself today! But when I looked at the picture, it didn't seem too bad....I found it sorting out my closet this week. Like you, I sadly bid adieu to several pieces that brought back fond memories. Someone is going to be THRILLED to find your black & white skirt with fringe! And the space it leaves will soon be filled by something very wonderful, I'm sure!

  2. It's difficult for me to part with items such as this myself. Sometimes I put them in a holding closet. :-) Don't think I ever had the legs to wear a skirt that short, but like your description of how you used to wear this. I so enjoy your sense of humor. Your web site is clever with the "Don't skep on by" and your catchy titles. All delightful! ~ Sarah

  3. Bonnie,
    Your blog reminds of a scene in Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers." Alan Arkin's character Barney Cashman is walking by a clothing store window and sees a mod (1970s) purple suit, and wonders to himself: "I wonder what I'd look like in a purple suit?.....I'd like like a 45 year old idiot in a purple suit." Hilarious.

    Thanks for visiting me.


  4. Hi Bonnie! What a cute skirt! Someone is really going to enjoy it! And I finally gave away my last "just above the knee" skirt. It had been hanging in my closet for YEARS! Somehow it became a symbol of younger and thinner days. Soooo...during my last cleaning spell, it left the building! I might as well face it...never to be worn again! Now I have started my diet! Sigh! Happy week!...Debbie

  5. Bonnie,
    I'm toasting a glass of bubbly for your old friend... you wrote a "fitting" tribute (tee hee) and hope that whoever adopts it gives it as much love as you did.

    Hope you have a foin, foin cheery day, dearie!