Out Of Fashion
What's In and What's Out
According to some of the most esteemed fashion editorials, 99.4567% of the items on the IN list reside in boxes stored in my basement. Fossilized white sunglasses, shag carpet squares, lava lights, bell bottom jeans, acrylic polo shirts in shades of pumpkin orange and chocolate brown, Chuck Taylor sneakers, and crocheted shoulder bags.
Where does one go to buy my mildewing merchandise? VINTAGE STORES! Ladies and gentlemen, I have achieved the status to which I aspire. VINTAGE...like fine wine, subtle, gentled, enriched over time. Choice. Classic. In the spirit of a good fashionista, I race downstairs to play Vintage Dress Up.
Mold. I smell mold.
I'll need a flame retardant.
A Vintage Icon.
I dedicated my first garden page to my mother. Somehow it seems fitting to share it with you now:
In the waning years of my mother's life, her outfit of choice: white shorts, white sunglasses, black hose and high heels. I relate this gentle memory to remind me of my roots, and to make my children nervous.
I packed away the shoes and pants and lamps.
I am wearing the white sunglasses.
I am IN...in the garden
...where as we gardeners know...