Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dress? Or Couch?

As I stood at the counter of the doctor's office, I greeted the patient with a smile and asked, "How can I help you?"  We chatted for a moment about her appointment and I took her card to update her insurance information.  As we wrapped up, she paused and said, "I love the fabric in that shirt."

I looked down at my outfit, a floral top with a denim skirt, and started to thank her for her compliment.

Then she finished her thought.

"I would like a couch made out of that material."

.... crickets chirping ...

"Uh ... thank you?"

A large hulking piece of furniture?  Out of my shirt?

Unfortunately, this wasn't the first time I wore clothes that I mistook as fashionable instead of furnitural.  The most alarming instance was my Junior Prom.  That's right ... Prom.

I chose a lovely dress (you guessed it, with a floral pattern).  It had a sweet, heart-shaped neckline and the sleeves hung off the shoulder.  The skirt fell to my knee in a flouncy, fluttery way.  There were large burgundy roses, pink peonies and lavender sprays surrounded with lush greenery.  I was wearing a veritable garden.  And that was before I put on the corsage!

Imagine my surprise a few months later when my mom, sister and I walked into a home furnishing store and saw not only a couch, but also a chair, ottoman, shower curtain and set of bathroom accessories all made out of my prom dress.  Well ... not MY prom dress, which was stuffed in the back of my closet at home, but you get the idea!

... stunned silence ...

Mortification set in almost immediately!  Followed quickly by hysterical laughter.  Because that is how I deal with awkward moments.

Recently my mother resurrected that dress (and all the teenage angst and anxiety associated with it) and brought me a little gift:

It looks great even
paired with my yellow gloves!

Now I can scrub my dishes, mop the floor and cook up dinner for my gang all while feeling pretty in my prom dress.  And this IS my prom dress ... the much more practical Mommy-version! :)

I guess that is the BEST way to deal with an awkward moment ... sew it into something that will bring a smile!  And a good laugh!


Prompt #3 An awkward moment.

Mama’s Losin’ It


  1. It's good you can keep a sense of humor about it! LOL On the other hand, wasn't EVERYBODY wearing that kind of stuff? :)

  2. Love this! Love the dress, the photos that you added, and most of all that you could LAUGH about it all!

  3. That is too funny! At least now you get a nice reminder every time you cook!

  4. I love the apron! I'm going to have to go back through some of my childhood 'fancy' dresses and see if I can multipurpose some of them.

    (Visiting from Mama Kat's- thanks for sharing your awkward moment!)

  5. That was some prom dress! But I love to see it being recycled in such a fun way. Great to see you can keep a sense of humor about those awkward moments. :)

    Thanks for visiting from Mama Kat's. Looking forward to seeing you again on another Thursday!

  6. You are such a good example of not taking yourself too seriously (a lesson I could stand to learn!). How wonderful that you can laugh at the awkward moments and move on!


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