When I was in middle school, my mom made me the cutest bright red skirt. It was a simple cotton drindl style skirt with a drawstring waist that I loved. I don't think it ever even got handed down to my sister because I wore it until it was faded and worn. There were many reasons I loved that skirt. It was my favorite color. I loved red as only a sixth grader could associate love to a color. It was my inner fierce dragon because, in reality, I was a very shy book worm in middle school. But whenever I wore that skirt, in my mind I was buddies with Janet Jackson and Kim Fields. Lol, it was really a great skirt!
The second reason I loved that skirt was that my mom made it for me. She picked the red color because she knew how much I loved it. Incredibly to me, she also made it as a surprise in just one afternoon! I came home one day after school, and she told me she had a surprise for me on her bed. As a kid, my parents’ room was a “by invitation only” space. You were asked in either for a wonderful treat or to be privately disciplined. When I went in and saw this beautiful red skirt, I was ecstatic! "For me?” I exclaimed. "Yes, for you,” she said. My heart melted. I was so excited. “I made it this afternoon while you were at school. I noticed you kept looking at the pattern." I immediately tried it on. It was a perfect fit.
Of course, I wanted to wear it with Espadrilles which were the rage at the time, and my favorite home room teacher had a pair. And although I was sadly wearing a ladies size 10 shoe, my mom nixed the idea as too mature for my young, large feet.
Fast forward to last summer when I was out shopping and found this bright red box pleated skirt. I felt like a kid again! It seemed so cheery and fun that I had to buy it. I paired it one Monday morning with a breezy white linen tunic and wedge gold linen Espadrilles. My feet are finally mature enough to handle their adult silhouette. Lol!
I love how a moment, a picture, a taste, or even a garment can help you relive a joyous time in your past. My red skirt does it every time.