Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Slice of Life - My Dress

My dress was picked out two nights ago.  Something black, white polka dots, and little strips of the same fabric sewn near the bottom in the shape of flowers.  A new dress I thought would scream fun summer event, seemed very appropriate for my dear friend's funeral.  

Funerals are a celebration of life and my grandmother's words guided me today, "Funerals are beautiful, I like funerals now."  She went on to further explain, "I get to see people I haven't seen in a very long time and people are willing to visit and tell stories."  Her words kept me grounded quite often throughout the mass because it was beautiful.  

I took time today to sit.  I took time today to listen.  I took time today to reflect.  Sometimes the beautiful is hard but my little new dress with a little spunk reminded me to carry on, life is fun, and it made me smile.  Sometimes wearing the right thing can get you through the hard stuff and today it was my black and white polka dotted dress.  Now I need to find that fun summer event to wear it to.

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  1. Thank you for your post, Mandy. I love the new perspective. It is very timely for me. I want to remember to share and visit and listen even when I am NOT attending a funeral. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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    1. You have a really great point about share, visit and listen even when we aren't at funerals. Slowing down life is always a good reminder.

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  2. A beautiful tribute to your grandmother, Mandy, even if it wasn't your intention! I just finished reading Silver Linings Playbook...your dress is your silver lining :-)

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    1. A tribute to my grandmother wasn't my intention but I see how it is since you pointed that out. She was a gem and just proves loved ones remain with us after they are physically gone.

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  3. I love the words of your grandmother,
    I love how you are focusing on the beauty and the good.

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    1. Thank you, it does help handle such sadness.

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  4. Your grandmother's words touched me this afternoon when I saw your Instagram posting. They were so true. This year I've had several family member's funerals and they gave me the opportunity to see relatives I have not seen for over twenty years. What a difficult day to say goodbye to someone so young. You honored her today. I am so sorry.

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement and I'm sorry to hear you have experienced funerals this year too but had stories to hear and help with your healing.

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  5. Your grandma's words are so wise. I never thought about a funeral that way, but she is so right. I'm sorry that you had to say good-bye to a friend. Hugs!

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    1. It's hard to see the beauty within the sadness so it took a lot of self talk but it worked and help me stay focused today. Hugs back.

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  6. Mandy,
    My heart aches for your loss and the student's loss. Your grandma's words are wise, life really is about perspective. Prayers

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  7. Sad to read your news... it's always good to share with friends and family as well as artisan and foodie partners. Thanks for taking the time to put this together.

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