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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!!!


This is my mom's wedding dress.  She wore it to get married in 1959.  Since then, it has quietly stayed tucked away in a cedar chest in the guest room.  Well, it made an appearance at the 50th Anniversary party, but other than that it has had a very small role in my parents' lives.  

Until this past week.

This past week, mom took the dress out of storage, folded it neatly with a note to its new owner, and boxed it to go to Haiti.  You see, there are women in some of the slums of Haiti who are seeking a new start.  They are seeking to follow the Lord which means leaving their lives of prostitution and starting to set a better example for their children.  They are marrying the fathers of those children, setting up households and finding gainful employment.

But most of them have no money for a wedding dress.  Nothing that will help them mark that very special day with all the pomp and celebration it deserves.  Nothing that tells the watching world that they have a fresh start in life, and they are a bride, and that they are loved.

Until now.  

Mom isn't the only one in our church who has donated her dress.  And, like she says, it's about the relationship, not about the dress.  But it still wasn't that easy.  She thought about all the granddaughters- would they want to wear it for their wedding?  No.  Most of them have very different fashion ideas or are the wrong size.  They would do just fine with dresses of their own.  (And I always said I wanted to get married on the beach wearing white jeans, so I was out of the running.)

And so she took a deep breath, made her decision, packed up the dress, and enclosed a note to the new recipient of the dress encouraging her in her new life and wishing her 50+ years of marital happiness- just like she has experienced.

Mom, you never cease to amaze me.  Happy, happy Mother's Day!!!

6 comments:

  1. Oh, my goodness. I'm crying! This is beautiful.

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  2. I saw the look on your mom's face as she and your dad brought her treasure into the church office. There was certainly sacrifice in her eyes, but that sacrifice walked hand in had with love and grace. Beautiful post. Beautiful mom!

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  3. That was the best Mother's day card I've ever rec'd!!!!

    Thanks my Dear!

    Love, Mom

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  4. What an amazing thing to do.
    Brilliant idea, I'm sure it will be used again on more than one occasion and will provide the Haitian brides with their very own treasured wedding day.
    My daughter is still in two minds about wanting to wear my dress or even if she wants to ever marry... so it's still here in storage for the moment (she's only 12 so she still have plenty of time to decide what she wants to do and since boys are still in the "ew" category she can't even imagining wanting to marry one... give her a few years LOL)

    I hope too that one of the new brides who wears this lovely dress also goes on to celebrate 50 happy years of marriage.

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