What to Wear?

My husband told me a month or so ago that he had to attend a black tie affair for work and he wanted me to go with him. The last time I saw him in a tuxedo was when we married 32 years ago. I wasn’t about to pass up the chance to do so again.

And then I got sick.

For two weeks I could barely make myself go to the grocery store. I did what I had to do at home and went to the doctor four times. All the while forgetting that I needed a long dress to wear if I went with my husband to his event.

Bill rented his tux and assumed I had a dress, and I didn’t tell him any differently because in the back of my mind was this little tiny voice whispering, “You don’t feel good enough to go.”

The day before the dinner I decided I was going to make myself go, but now I had a problem. What to wear?

I really didn’t feel well enough to go shopping but I didn’t have anything to wear. I live in a really, small town and to get to the mall I would have drive a long distance. I just didn’t have the energy. So I took a chance and went to the consignment shop.

I am very tall and the odds of my finding a dress that was long enough were slim. I went to the back of the store and started going through the dresses. Most of them were prom dresses that were way too young looking for me. I worked my way through them and there at the end of the rack was my dress…literally.

Three years ago my daughter got married and I ordered a dress. Turns out the color I ordered (gold) didn’t go well with her color theme. It was too late to send it back so I kept it. It hung in my closet for a year or so. I got tired of it and took it to the consignment shop and lo and behold it was still there.

I took my dress back home. I wore the dress. I made it through dinner and the awards ceremony. I wanted to stay and hear the band (they were awesome) but I just couldn’t make it any longer, so we went home.

And that my friends is the remarkable but true story of how I came to have a dress to wear to my husband’s black tie affair!

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  1. You looked lovely! What luck to discover your dress was still there!

  2. Amazing that the dress was still there. God knew you needed the dress some day down the road when you most needed it….you didn’t feel like shopping. That is a miracle, I think. You both look wonderful together. Glad you felt good enough to go with your husband!

  3. What a great story! I’m going to post this on my Facebook page.

  4. Kiera 1 Oct, 2012

    I LOVE that story!!! So awesome! 🙂

  5. teresak 1 Oct, 2012

    Actually the dress I wore to Rachel’s wedding was one I got off Ebay for about 20 bucks…. shhhhh, don’t tell!

  6. teresak 1 Oct, 2012

    Women do love a good shopping story! hugs to you Susan!

  7. teresak 1 Oct, 2012

    Yep, now it’s back in my closet again!

  8. Melanie 1 Oct, 2012

    As I always say about my consignment shop…you never know what you will find at the “Lucky Duck Consignment Shop” or any other consignment shop! So glad your dress was still there and you two look fab!

  9. Ann Zadra 2 Oct, 2012

    It wasn’t luck, it was a “God thing” 🙂 He knew!

  10. LaDonna 2 Oct, 2012

    Now I know why I feel that I must keep some clothes forever! I always say, better keep that, you never know when I might need it. That’s a great story.

  11. You and the dress look fabulous! I love the story of how it came back to you.