Happy Thanksgiving! Well…almost… at the very least it’s time to prepare your dressing. No, I don’t mean the kind you’re going to stuff in that big bird that’s taking center stage on your table next Thursday. (Do you call yours “dressing” or “stuffing”?) I mean dressing as in “What the heck are we going to wear?!” This is, by far, the greater question for me.
I am not in charge of “the feast” – haven’t been in over 20 years. My mother-in-law has graciously taken on that task since Mr. T and I have been married. And being low-carb, sadly, stuffing (yes, I call it “stuffing”, as one should) is no longer on the menu for me. *sniff* *sniff* So, naturally, all my energy can easily slide into the oh so “important” thought of “what to wear”! I’m sure that was first and foremost in the thoughts of the pilgrims at the first Festivities!
I’ve played with multiple ideas this week, but I’ll admit that my mind went instinctively to a dress and to a specific dress – my newly thrifted Betsey Johnson! It is quite possibly the most fun piece of clothing I own, maybe that I have ever owned. But, what else would we expect from Betsey!
For me, holidays just make me really want to dress up. Of course there’s nothing wrong with dressing up using pants or jumpsuits. I’ve certainly done that. But, there’s just something about a dress that feels so much more festive – and, of course, feminine!
I don’t know when I fell in love with Betsey and her fun and carefree designs, some of which, admittedly are even a little too quirky for me, but whenever it was that I was introduced to this whimsical and energetic woman’s designs, it was immediate love and I’ve never looked back. At 76 yrs. old, Betsey seems as dynamic as ever, still entering runways doing cartwheels, with no signs of slowing down! I love the description she once gave of her style – take a leotard and add a skirt! Fun, flirty and feminine. Just what I love in clothes, as well – even if I don’t take it quite as far as the spirited Ms. Johnson does!
Of course, I know that this is going to make me the most over-dressed person at Thanksgiving dinner. (Mr. T’s family is pretty casual.) But, I’m ok with that. I’ve come to accept the fact that if I want to dress the way I want to dress – if I want to be who I want to be – I’m going to stand out. I’m going to be different. I hope that you’ve gotten comfortable there, too. That you’ve become OK with who you are – comfortable in your own skin – comfortable with your own brand of beautiful, your own kind of special – just the way God made you to be. And, I hope you take time this week to thank God for that – for you – because you are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. – Psalm 139:14 (NIV)
Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!