Friday, October 1, 2010

Plan B

I apologize for being tardy, Miss Jenny, but my dumb computer won't let me load pictures to my post!  I've been trying for 2 days now but every time I try the computer flips out and toggles between blogger & google, google & blogger! This wasn't my original topic but I'm a resourceful gal, so I'll go to Plan B.

B is for Bad Dress Day

Daughter S runs cross country.  The day before meets the senior girls pick a theme and everyone dresses to fit the theme.  Friday's theme is 'Bad Dress Day'  {and not bad as in good but bad as in people should point & laugh bad}.  So naturally my sweetie came to me asking if she could borrow something from my closet.

Admittedly, I have a collection of pretty outdated dresses from weddings & events past.  And I've always dreamed of the day when my girls would raid my closet to borrow my clothes... just, not because they think my clothes are atrocious!  Well, a mama can't be too picky now can she?

So, I paraded my line of horrid, pushed.to.the.back.of.the.closet, you.really.wore.that.in.public? attire for her approval.  As I pulled out dresses, delving  deeper & deeper in the closet - reaching further & further back in time, her reactions were priceless.  Some caused her to suck in her breath, some caused her to exhale with her mouth in an O {sorta Darth Vader-like}, some made her eyes light up as she exclaimed, "Oh! that's so good!" {meaning bad}.  She even asked if I had anything with shoulder pads.

Honey, I'm a product of the 80's.  Of course I have shoulder pads!!  Mama's got your back : ) *I mean shoulders*  I produced not 1 but 2 dresses with shoulder pads - both in floral print!!  The length was mid-shin.  { I know there are nods of recollection goin' on out there!}

Daughter S finally settled on a black & white full-length dress I wore to my first college formal with Handy Hubby : )  It's a black spaghetti strap number with a 6" white ruffle that falls below the black waist band *S called it a dust ruffle* & an 8" white ruffle that went up from the waist band *S called it a crumb catcher*.  She said it really wasn't all that bad.  She just couldn't bring herself to wear some of the other ones that made us double over with laughter!

btw, Daughter A wore the same dress for Halloween one year when she & a friend were zombie prom queens (?)

Personally, I just think they secretly LOVE my dress & want to wear it to pretend they're mocking me but need an excuse to wear it publicly!!

That's my story & I'm sticking to it!!

Jenny Matlock 

Blessings!

15 comments:

Pondside said...

Blogger is driving me crazy too - can't upload half the time and can't upload photos from my files at all. I hope they get the glitches out soon.
Loved your story of the bad dress day!

Debbie said...

Oh my god you have me rolling. It reminds me of a time I my BFF and I went through her closet, she had clothes left from the 80's too. Now don't get me wrong girl, that was my time...shoulder pads stir ups, hoop earrings every color, aqua net, I was sporting it all....well anyhow we never laughed so hard...and all she kept saying is but but that may come back again....I am still waiting, nothing out there yet. Thanks for your input on my blog post.

lissa said...

every girl/woman needs a nice black dress even for dressing up as zombie prom queens

visiting from Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday, have a great day

gabe said...

My kids were just asking me about shoulder pads recently too.. . "you wore shoulder pads????"

Gotta love the eightys and I love your post! Great plan B

Lindalou said...

This is hilarious. I can almost see the two of you going through them. It would have been even better if you tired them on (Kinda of like "27 Dresses", I think that's the name of the movie.

I just impressed you kept so many dresses like that. I happen to be one of those get rid of people, so a lot of the "good" (meaning bad) stuff is all gone.

Personally, I think we all need a picture of the black and white dress. I'm just not able to completely visualize all those ruffles.

Glad to know, he married you anyway!

Sara Katt said...

I was also late this week, but I don't have Blogger as an excuse, just bad planning!
Purrs,
Sara Cat
Sara Cat's B-post JM
Anna's B-post JM

Splendid Little Stars said...

LOL! That's awesome! Just wait till shoulder pads come back in style and they're wearing them proudly! Then what will they say?
I agree, we need to see that dress!

Sara Katt said...

Thank you for visiting my B-post. I just saw it now.
To answer your question: The children in the photos of the store front windows of the bridal shop are our children, Elisabet 6 and Erik 8 years old. Yes they are related to the people in the wedding picture, as that is our wedding picture. That is what I looked like as a bride.
Best wishes,
Anna of Anna's Adornments

For the benefit of other readers:
Sara Cat's B-post JM
Anna's B-post JM

Cheryl said...

Oh, I'd love to have been there as each shameful piece came out of the nether regions of your closet.

I got rid of all my 70s stuff to Goodwill years ago. Great Halloween stuff. Kinda wish I'd kept them.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Thankfull I have weeded these dresses out of my closet. Now if I could only change what I was wearing in the photos from back then.

Christy said...

LOL!! One of my daughters just borrowed my whole outfit - to dress up as an old lady of the future for spirit week. Harummpf!! I may be a grandma but OLD lady I don't think so! Sadly she did! I loved your post!

mub said...

I have to laugh about this. I think fashion was definitely not one of the high points of the 80s.

Cheryl D. said...

Yeah...that's what it must be!

Jenny said...

Sorry you're having trouble with blogger. When I started using the new formatting thing mine started giving me fits and starts so I just went back to the simple one.

Do you mean we're not supposed to wear shoulder pads anymore?

How come noone told me? Waaaaahhh...

Thanks for a fun link to Alphabe-Thursday!

This is my last stop for the week and it's a great and final B.

A+

Melinda Cornish said...

you need to make her put it back on so you can get a picture!!!
I love your shoulder pad remark....that made me laugh.