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Friday, May 17, 2019

Use Your Words May 2019: Oh Sheets!

Today’s post is a writing challenge created by Karen @ Baking in A Tornado 1o participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words for someone else to use in a post. All words must be used at least once. All posts will be different as each writer has received their own original set of words. No blogger knows who received their words or in what direction the writer will take them. Until today.   

My words are:
ball ~ covered ~ distress ~ green ~ laundry ~ criminal
They were chosen by Southern Belle Charm 
Thank you for the words!

Pattern Story #7

Dear Diary,

     Having a single parent is hard. Especially when that parent is a dad and I am a teen-aged girl. It was one thing talking with him about jump ropes, bouncy balls, and frogs, but it's quite another to discuss hair-curlers, mascara, and shaving my legs. I cringed knowing I had to tell my father that I needed new underclothes. I think I turned green  when he asked me to list everything I needed. How was he to know what Lycra girdles were or what kind of brassieres I'd like?

    I know he thought he was doing his best when he suggested that grandma take measurements and bring me shopping instead. I'm sure he asked her to get a bunch of things so we could avoid these awkward conversations for as long as possible. My grandma has been wonderful to me my whole life. I know she was trying to help...but when dad dropped me off at her house, I found out that we weren't going shopping after all.  She decided to MAKE my underclothes herself!

     I don't mean to sound ungrateful, Diary. I'm sure she worked very hard on each piece, but they were all wrong. Instead of the Lycra/Dacron form-fitting pieces my friends wear, my underclothes seemed to be fashioned from the very sheets that covered her bed last summer. None of the pieces was a girdle or form fitting for that matter. Everything seemed baggy. One of the pieces was even a garter-belt!  Those ancient things should be criminal! I thought everyone knew about pantyhose and tights by now!

     I think the slips are going to be too long for my miniskirts. Grandma asked me to try each piece on and show her how they fit. I couldn't even look her in the eyes. I didn't want her to see the distress on my face. I instead thanked her for her hard work and brought everything home.

     What am I going to do now? Tell her the underclothes are in the laundry every time she asks? As it is, the garter belt and pink onsie are crumpled in a ball under my bed.

     In the mean time, Sally said I could borrow her new silky slip to go under my Mod Minidress. 

     I guess dad and I will eventually have to have a clearer talk about the garments a growing girl needs, but for now I'll wait. Like I said, he's doing his best. He even came home with the very pink tube of mascara I showed him in Seventeen magazine! And it's the darkest shade of black I've ever seen.

     I think he and I are going to be fine.

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Photo from McCall Corporation 1968

Happy "Wear whatever undergarments you want to as long as they're clean," friends!
-Michele


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14 comments:

  1. LOL, I can picture a grandma excitingly digging in the the bottom drawer of her hutch, looking for that one pattern that she stashed away 50 years ago for just this occasion. Doing things the practical but certainly not stylish way. Pro tip to single parent dad - next time give some money to your daughter so she and Sally can hit the mall and do it the right way. Then have your daughter spend some time with grandma so she can hear some stories and appreciate how fortunate she is. Great use of your words and thanks for the funny Friday story. Love, M

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    1. That' because you and I have had some awesome grandmas. I like your idea of cold hard cash for the teenager; let the kid get what they want and enjoy visiting instead with the Gs. Wise words, man. <3

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  2. You know I love these pattern stories. LOVE! You're so creative, the way you create these stories.
    I'd like to tell her not to take it so seriously (as if you could tell that to any young woman), that she'll get to the point where clean and comfortable is all that will matter. {{sigh}}.

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    1. Thank you, Karen. I agree that it's hard to talk to teenagers when everything seems to be a tragic situation! I'm more than glad to be passed the "bras and undies should match" stage. Now, I'm lucky to reach in the dark and find something without broken elastic or stretched out straps. :)

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  3. Your pattern stories make my day, Shel. Now, I'm craving undergarments in some funky sixties pattern and colors... just wishing I could wear a mini skirt. LOL. Love to you and the family. <3

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    1. Have I told you how much I love that you visit the blog? My days of mini skirt wearing are also bygone...but I get you on the fabric and you KNOW I've made more than one dress out of a sheet. <3

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  4. You are so clever with these stories! They always make me LOL. I think I may have a pattern request for my next family picture outfit. ;)

    Love you mama!

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    1. I'm here for all your pattern story/making needs ;) Love you, sis. And congratulations on your two graduates today. This grandma is so proud of them and you. <3

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  5. These stories are just SO. Much. Fun!!! I know I've said it before, but it's so true. And Now I'm remembering the girdle my mom insisted on buying for me when I was 12. A girdle, Mom? Really? The only neat thing about it was that I could wear it in either direction because, guess what? It was really just a tube! It, too ended up in a ball under my bed . . .

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    1. Diane! Thank you so much for reading my silly stories! I never wore a girdle until I was an adult, but I remember my grandparents buying me a slip to go under an Easter dress (also a gift from them). I was in sixth grade and remember how fancy I felt. Now, I have a drawer ful of SPANX. It's hard to be a girl sometimes <3

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  6. Bless your friend Sally!!!

    Or was this a fictional story?

    Either way, both the Dad and the Grandma had good intentions.

    Makes me think of my own shopping experience as a teenager. Clearly my Mom and I didn't get along because what she thought would look good on me made me want to run far, far away... So I asked that she gave me money and that Grandma accompanied me. She had white hair early, so she looked older than she actually was. Now imagine white haired Granny and I hit the fancy stores where I tried on neon colored T-Shirts and fishnet tank tops! Hey, it was the 80s!

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    1. Nope, this was fiction. But there was many a time I borrowed clothing items from friends because we lacked the money or style. I love that you went shopping with your grandma for the cool clothes of the 80s! My favorite item from the 80s were the Hypercolored shirts. Mine was hot pink and when they warmed up they turned peach. It's funny the things you remember. <3

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  7. My mom used to make all of my clothes. I hated it, but would never hurt her feelings. She never went as far as undergarments though. That would be a hard no!

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    1. Aw, I get it. My mother worked hard and made our clothes when I was young. Even though I may not have loved it, they were eventually passed down to my sister who, never let an opinion on style slide. Never undergarments for us, either. Whew!

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