My Life as a Dawg, Clothing Windfall
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Vacation is ending, Sparkers. I'm on the Acela back to Boston. I'll be home in time for dinner with Dan. My clothes are all clean, so I just have to put them away.
In June, I spent a week away with my girlfriend Margo. My BFF is Janet. We honestly don't remember a time when we weren't friends. We grew up three houses apart in NJ and somehow managed to end up living 35 miles apart in New England. However, Margo and I have been friends since the 6th grade. Margo and I are each other's secondary BFF. She has her own BFF from college. So that's the background.
Margo had gained a lot of weight over the years. She decided to get serious about weight loss about 18 months ago and lost at least 60 pounds. She's a very petite woman, so a 60 pound weight loss was transformative. While we were vacationing in June, she observed that she was sure her "fat" clothes would fit me. I was doubtful that they would, only because I'm 5'7" (170 cm) and she's 5'2" (158 cm).
Another point of information. Margo is wealthy. Never married. No children. She is extremely generous. She doesn't take "no" for an answer. If she wants to do something, she is going to do it and you cannot change her mind. I just don't argue with her any more. It's pointless. I just say 'thank you."
I figured she'd forget about the clothes. Then I got a text from her while I was on the train to NJ last Saturday. Could I stop by her parents house when I got into town? She'd schlepped some of her "fat" clothes and wanted to give them to me. Besides, her mother was mad that I haven't been to visit in a few years.
Sparkers. The pants didn't fit. That wasn't a surprise. But the dresses fit. Beautifully. And several of the dresses were never worn. The tags were still on them. I know Margo never pays full retail. Ever. But these were designer clothes and the price tags were $400 to $500+ for each dress! They are exquisitely made. She had so many dresses that she dug up an old suitcase in her mother's attic to pack the clothes. Then she texts me during the week that she found 2 more dresses and she'd like to drop them off Friday when she came back into town to see her parents. (Her father has dementia and she comes on the weekend to give her mother a break.) Not only did she drop off 2 dresses, but she bought a brand new dress for me. It's gorgeous.
Most of the dresses are for work. But there is a magnificent cocktail dress that I'll wear at the annual gala at work. The dress that she bought for me is a very pretty casual dress with silver threads worked through it. There are a couple of other casual dresses and there's a suit, too. The suit will have to wait for winter.
I'm still using the 33 pieces of clothing (including shoes and handbags) method. (Project 333) I'm definitely going to have to re-do the closet when I get home. I'll probably keep 5 dresses out at time and put the others in storage. The dresses are all classic cuts. They aren't going out of style any time soon.
I'm very fortunate. I can't wait to start sending Margo pictures of me with her dresses on. I think I'm going for "action shots": Laura at the copy machine. Laura in the conference room. Laura making coffee. She'll be entertained.