Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Mother of the Groom

Yesterday I decided that I could not possibly go to my son's wedding in the dress I was planning to wear. It was just a bit too low cut, a bit too short, and a bit too tight - which is all a bit too inappropriate for the mother of the groom. I went shopping after work and got a nice linen dress that shows no cleavage, has a skirt that falls below the knee and is pretty. I also bought a pearl necklace. When I told my sponsor about it, she laughed and asked me if I have my white gloves ready. Actually, this is the kind of dress that would look good with white gloves. And that is the kind of dress the mother of the groom should wear.

The only problem is: with my torn rotator cuff, I cannot operate a back zipper. So, I shall be in a hotel room by myself trying to figure out how to zip my dress. I am sure I will figure it out somehow.

Last night when I got home from my shopping, I tried on my dress with the shoes I am intending to wear and stockings, etc. Only I couldn't zip it. Imagine my surprise when I heard a knock at the door! I looked out the window and saw it was another member of the homeowner's association. I threw a sweater over the dress and answered the door. I usually go to our meetings in runner's clothes or jeans - so his eyes flew open and he said "WOW! Let's go out to dinner!" Which made me feel like probably the dress looks good.

What's this got to do with anything? Oh maybe nothing, or maybe everything. I know I am grateful:
  • My son is getting married to a nice young woman
  • He asked me to go to the wedding
  • I get to go to Vegas (which I don't even like), but I can make the best of it anyway
  • I have lived long enough to be "old," but hopefully not terribly matronly
  • I get to go shopping on a week night and buy stuff!
  • Did you know that I used to weigh so much I couldn't go into a regular store and just buy a dress? - well, I did.
  • And last, but certainly not least in my heart, today, St. Paddy's Day, is our friend dAAve's Birthday!!! Happy Birthday to you!

16 comments:

AnyEdge said...

Tie a string to the zipper prior to putting the dress on. Use that. Then the problem gets shifted to figuing our how to de-attach a string from a zipper on your back.

Hmm. I doubt I've been helpful.

Carverlane said...

Attach a safety pin to the zipper and then tie a string to that!

I love Talbot's.

Kim from sAn Antonio

Ed G. said...

I wish I had more experience with a back zipper but, well, you can imagine how silly I would look. I wonder if you could rent a gigolo for 4 seconds in Vegas? I bet you could. I know you'll figure it out.

Blessings and aloha...

Anonymous said...

Take a long piece of string like 6ft. Run half thru zipper hole--hold both halves and pull/zip up, then pull one strand of string and pull it thru zipper hold. Or look for a maid in the hall.

Patty said...

Anonymous nailed it! Now, getting it off is another story. Nothing like a new outfit to lift your spirits! Have a great time, I know you will.

chitowngreg said...

Pretty cool when our biggest problem of the day is zipping up your dress. Have a great time and enjoy every moment!

dAAve said...

When you're in that hotel room bungling wiht the zipper, call room service.
Never know what might happen.
LOL

Thanks for the b-day wish.

Kim A. said...

You will shine! I think it is so wonderful that you get to just enjoy his wedding and all that means. Pictures for the heart...

♥namaste♥

Syd said...

I think Anonymous has it. You'll be able to slide the string out because it isn't knotted. Unless this is a weird zipper that doesn't have a little hole in it--my wife has some of those. If that's the case, then you might need to zip with the opposite arm that doesn't have a torn rotator cuff.

Julianne said...

What my sponsor would say is that the whole zipper issue sounds like a quality problem. And then she'd smile. And it looks to me, from your gratitude list, that you have the same feelings. Thank you for sharing, Mary Kristine.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE Talbots and am sure you will look smashing. I travel for business often and the zipper thing happens all the time. Either grab a maid in the hall, or throw the sweater on and go down to the front desk. Someone will always be glad to help. Have fun.

drybottomgirl said...

I could tell you were feeling good about yourself and that you felt pretty. It's a feeling that we often overlook. Enjoy your wedding, your dress, and your wonderful life!

Mary Christine said...

Well, thanks everyone. The zipper does not have the hole thing, so the string/safety pin, etc. idea won't work. I like Ed G.'s idea - a lot... but think I will skip it and go for the sweater while I get someone to help me. You guys rock.

Pam said...

I love it when you get to go shopping!
Maybe the zipper goes in the front. THat would be easier.
I'm getting excited about your trip now.

LOL-Word Ver-flywal

Garykfc said...

What about a hanger? Did someone mention that? Have a great time.

pappaDenny said...

Reminds me of a very close friend of mine, her son was getting married and she wanted so much to go.
But she was so ill, I agreed to accompany her. I know it was an ordeal for her the trip from Long Beach to Las Vegas. The night of the wedding I zipped her up, she had torn rotator cuffs too and suffered from alcoholism and related illnesses. She broke down in tears getting ready, I distracted her with the choice of earrings. She died in 2006. The alcohol had taken a terrible toll on her body. But she got to see her son get married. Dennis