Saturday, June 5, 2010

Spring Cleaning

This week I was doing some spring cleaning. Packing up the winter clothes, and making a bag of clothes to give away. Whenever I go through my wardrobe this way, I always come across certain items that I know I should get rid of. 

I never wear them. Some are old, ripped, stained, buttons are missing, 
but they are drenched in too much memory to part with and 
I can't bring myself to put them in the bag.  

One such item is this creamy yellow shirt. I wore this shirt on my first date with my future husband. A young 17 and 18 year old, enjoying a warm spring day. We took the train into Boston and explored the Museum of Fine Arts together. It was a perfect day, filled with powerful and unspoken love and promise. Every once in a while, Brian will ask, "Hey, do you remember that pretty yellow shirt you wore on our first date?".

I continually see it in my closet. At the change of the seasons, I pick it up, touch it, smell it, and remember.  I look regretfully at the give-away bag. And I carefully put it back in the closet, wedged in the back. 

And I'll do it again and again. 


  1. you're lucky, that's a beautiful blouse... I wouldn't wear the red wool dress I wore on our first date... nor could i fit in it. lol. but I do get that feeling everytime I see it. :) we went to the symphony....

  2. What a sweet story. I can't believe that your husband remembers never remember those type things. You must have quite a gem, but you know that already. It is a beautiful blouse.

  3. I thought that way about my daughter's little dresses. Have you ever thought of making a pieced quilt?

  4. Laura, thanks! The symphony...How romantic!
    Phyliss - I really do have a gem, he's very observant and remembers everything! I often ask him to tell me stories of our early love, because he remembers better than I do!
    Jodi - That is SUCH a great idea! I may just try that!

  5. That's awesome! I know I'm going through my closet right now, and there are a few articles of clothing I just can't get rid of either. But now I have to move them to a different continent. And none of them have quite the memories that that shirt has for you. :)
    PS. I love that hanger!! :)

  6. That is so absolutely romantic! I say, keep it forever..or repurpose it into something special!

  7. awww brian! what a guy - that's sweet you keep your first date shirt. I think I borrowed clothes on my first date with Matt :).
    love you & brian!