I suppose I could sell my kid clothes in a yard sale and I certainly have left many a deposit in the local charity boxes through the years but there is something about giving a friend a bag full of possibilities--a wardrobe windfall. In England I found resistance to this idea though when I tried to offer my colleague Peter bags of clothes I didn't wear anymore for his three girls. He was downright offended. He didn't get that it has nothing to do with need and was more about fun. My friend Val got it and happily took my offering to her daughter who was really thrilled. Maybe it is a gender thing. If I had spoken to Peter's wife maybe it would have gone down differently. But I'm off point here which is so unlike me. Ahem.
So, in thinking about wardrobe windfalls I thought of the song "Secondhand Rose" that my mother always sang a bit of when we'd get a Susan K bag. I looked it up online this morning for the heck of it to find all the lyrics and I found this awesome site secondhandrose.com instead. Now what was really serendipitous is the fact I love old wallpaper, I even recently wrote a bit about the wallpaper in my mother and aunt's bedroom that eventually became Diana's and my bedroom. So imagine my surprise when I found it here.
I got Diana on the phone and we had a lovely moment trying to think where we'd put it in our houses today if we could even fathom spending $100 for a roll. Sometimes we have to let opportunities pass such as the nostalgic purchase of wallpaper from 1950. But for a moment or two I thought I would grab the chance to have a little bit of my mom's and my childhood back again.
|This wall was clearly pink but the wall we're facing was covered in the blue background.|