Wearing my Mommy's old dress.

@eileenleyva (10963)
Philippines
October 19, 2017 11:22pm CST
Tomorrow will be my daughter's oath taking. The event will take place at the Philippine International Convention Center's Plenary Hall. Ticket passes require attendees to wear formal attires. That is a problem. I have long discarded my fashion wear. The clothes faded. Sigh. Anyway, I checked out my closet. There must be something there to wear, a blouse and skrt combination perhaps. My sister did send a Forex Box of my Mommy;s stuff. She was in sync always with California fashion for old ladies. Ha ha. Sorry, Mommy. I found a black dress and a cardigan. Tried it on. A perfect fir. So, I did wash with fabric conditioner, so I would smell good in the gathering of doctors. I remembered my Mommy wishing to see my daughter taking the oath as a full-pledged physician. This is it, Mommy. I am wearing your old dress. Let me feel your presence.
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@KrauseHome (35026)
• United States
20 Oct
That is good. Even if someone had some of my Moms stuff still they would drown me.
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@eileenleyva (10963)
• Philippines
21 Oct
Yes. I have monobloc containers of my parents' stuff; I have not sorted all but I have given many of the clothes to charity. It is good to cherish the memories of one's beloved folks by actually checking or using their things. I feel that they are just there, loving me.
@kepweng (13127)
20 Oct
iits good so you dont need to buy a new dress?
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@eileenleyva (10963)
• Philippines
20 Oct
That's true. You know what, if my Mommy had a penchant for clothes, and her taste was good, I was exactly her opposite, Shopping for clothes is the most useless activity for me. Bores me terribly. My neighbors do wander I don't hesitate rag-like shirt. My daughters told me they refuse to fold rags and arrange in the closet. Thus, my shirts were reduced in half.
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@louievill (18327)
• Philippines
20 Oct
For sure she is looking down from heaven
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@eileenleyva (10963)
• Philippines
20 Oct
Oh yes, louievill, she is. This morning, when I was cleaning the living room, I tugged the piano curtain, whoa whow, her framed photo dropped. I thought the glass broke. Didn't. So I spoke to Mommy, and told her that her dream finally came true. My Mommy, she was a gregarious and generous lady.
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@Emmlex1000 (1401)
• Lagos, Nigeria
20 Oct
Happy for you finally she is getting married
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@sishy7 (27654)
• Australia
20 Oct
Hmm, I don't think anyone is getting married... But I'll let the OP explains...
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@eileenleyva (10963)
• Philippines
20 Oct
@sishy7 Ha ha ha. Things like this happen but always brings me the smile and the laughter. I am amused. I love people.
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@eileenleyva (10963)
• Philippines
20 Oct
Emmanuel isiekwene, nope. Not yet. My daughter is taking her oath today, as a medical doctor. She is not getting married. No boyfriend. Romance is not in her radar. I am fine with that. Thanks, you made me laugh.
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@SIMPLYD (78572)
• Philippines
20 Oct
That is nice because you have the same body built with your mom. At least, you don't have to buy a dress which can be just a one time to wear a dress. Besides, it must be feeling good to be able to wear your deceased mom's clothes and be able to at least feel her when you wear that. I am happy to see you here again hopefully, you can be here again every now and then.
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@eileenleyva (10963)
• Philippines
20 Oct
Why, thank you. You made me feel good. My Mommy was a stylish woman. She worked for the Blue Cross of America. Every year, come Christmas, she would send me a Forex box full of clothes, towels, and all the on sale stuff in whatever mart she went to in California. Her gowns are beautiful. Her everyday office wear are like party dresses. Probably a reason I don't shop, I have a stack in my walk-in closet. I have long given most of her clothes to the church donation box, even before she expired. She was an inch taller, and chubbier, so some of the pantsuits were loose. Here's wishing for a better mylotting. '
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@SIMPLYD (78572)
• Philippines
22 Oct
@eileenleyva Wow, how nice to be having those from abroadand your mother being so stylish. I also experience having lots of new clothes from the US when the old auntie of my husband finally came to us and had many suitcases of new blouses and shirts, pants and clothings, since she too is astylish woman. She gave me a lot, that whenever I wear them at the office , my offcimetaes would say I am so lucky to have an aunt-in-law like her.
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@hereandthere (29631)
• Philippines
20 Oct
by wearing her clothes, she will be right there with you. will it be just you and your daughter?
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@eileenleyva (10963)
• Philippines
20 Oct
My elder daughter has a morning commitment two cities away. She'd take the uber service for the oath taking occasion. It is a Saturday. Hopefully, the traffic is not as bad.
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@ilocosboy (34320)
• Philippines
20 Oct
Maybe you can attached your photo waering that dress.
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@eileenleyva (10963)
• Philippines
20 Oct
I would do my best. Don't count on it, though. I am not the selfie type. The convention is a strictly formal affair. I will see if I can ask someone to take my picture.
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@sishy7 (27654)
• Australia
20 Oct
Oh, she would be so proud of both you and your daughter! Congratulations to your doctor daughter!
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@eileenleyva (10963)
• Philippines
20 Oct
Thank you, sishy7, I am most humbled. When I made a tough decision of abandoning my profession, it is with the hope that one day, I could go back and enjoy teaching again. Alas, I did teach, yes, but with children, not the college students I verbally exchanged profound ideas with, My preschool was composed mostly of irrepressible boys. I had my two little girls who held their hands firmly. Ha ha. I encouraged excellence and honor to every child, and now I have my two girls reflecting that ideal. My elder daughter is an Environmental Planner, licensed. She's with disaster right now. I am grateful to our God. What would I have achieved if I continued teaching thousands and my girls couldn't perform? Right now, I am just grateful and happy.
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@HazySue (20768)
• United States
21 Oct
That is a wonderful way to look at it. Wearing your mothers dress puts her there at the ceremony.
@eileenleyva (10963)
• Philippines
21 Oct
I think I am the mushy, sentimental type. I cherish the old mementos, the shabby cherished stuff my loved ones once held dear. to them, I still keep my Daddy's sun visors. He loved caps. My Mommy, we were almost the same size. Her clothes were handed down to me. My Mommy was stricken with cancer. I asked her what her dearest wish was. She said she simply wanted to see my daughter become a full-pledged doctor. However, she expired two years ago, after I sent her a photo of my daughter in the surgery room, assisting in a heart surgery. She was still a clerk then. It was enough for my Mommy. I dedicated the oath taking event in her honor. More than any other human being in the world, my Mommy loved me unconditionally.
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@HazySue (20768)
• United States
23 Oct
@eileenleyva Your relationship with your mother was a wonderful thing. I also keep little things is memory of those I have loved. They are just little things but they mean the world to me.
@eileenleyva (10963)
• Philippines
23 Oct
@HazySue that is true. It is not about being sentimental that we value our loved ones' keepsakes. I hold my parents' stuff dear to me precisely because I love them very much. My life wouldn't be as wonderful if they did not rear me, and guided me, and saw to it I can stand on my own wings. And when I had my own family, they supported me unconditionally. From all angles, especially financially. My mother was the most generous person I have ever known in my life. She did help me when I was struggling with my finances., I thought she did that because I was her daughter, No. In times of troubles, she would send me to relatives and friends, to give her aid that would help them in their present predicaments.. The sum is not little. That's my Mommy.
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• Philippines
23 Oct
Nice one,God bless and God speed...