Bring in the Light
Each year on the longest night of the year, I gather with about twenty girlfriends for some good company, good food, and lots of laughter. We have a candle exchange to remind us that it’s time to bring in the light.
Did I mention that we wear our most bling worthy outfits, too? I have a dress…a blue one with lots of sparkles on it…that was given to me over twenty years ago by my friend Maggie for occasions just like this. When I was clearing out my closet about three years ago, I decided that I really didn’t need it any more, soooooo I donated it to Serenity House to sell in the thrift store. I had completely forgotten about the dress until I saw it there last year displayed on a mannequin. I quickly realized that it is still the perfect dress to bling in the light. And you know what I did? I bought my dress back…for twenty dollars.
When Maggie gave me the dress, I was living at the Tree House, the house that I write about in Home Cooking. A few of the women who I joined with last night were there on the evening when the dress made its debut in our little community so many years ago. We were all tucked in on the couches in the living room, laughing and eating (isn’t that what women do when they get together), and couldn’t believe it when dear Maggie walked in with it on. Now our laughter really took off. We loved that dress so much, we all took turns trying it on, modeling it for each other, and laughing ourselves silly.
When I walked in the door wearing it last year, there were gasps of “Oh my gawd, is that THE blue dress?” And my reply? “Yup!” This year I was told that I absolutely had to wear it every year. It’s become a tradition now.
Maybe it’s a silly little thing to write about, but I love having this dress, and wearing it on this one night…the longest of the year…as we gather to light candles, eat good food, and tell stories. And, isn’t that what it’s all about?
Buying back that dress was some of the best twenty dollars I have ever spent…and the memories? Well, they are priceless.