For this week’s writing challenge, shake the dust off something — a clothing item, a post draft, a toy — you haven’t touched in ages, but can’t bring yourself to throw away.
I bought this dress in 2002. That’s right, 14 years ago. Do you know how many times I wore it? I only remember wearing it once–to a rehearsal dinner. It was quite memorable: my first time as a bridesmaid. I was still in college and happy with myself, but I didn’t know it. I mean, looking back, the me then had many things that the me now wishes I still had, namely thinness. I think that’s why I’ve held on to it for so long, you know, thinking “I’ll fit into that again.” I rarely remind myself that when it did fit (and it did. for years), I only wore it once.
Clothing worth is based on wearability, right? So if you wear an item once it’s not really worth it. It’s not cost effective. That’s why people rent prom dresses and tuxedos.
So, why hold on to it? I could say it was a lovely memory of my friend’s wedding. But it’s not. Looking at the dress doesn’t make me feel good, doesn’t make me smile. It makes me look back and wish for things that didn’t happen.
So, why hold on to it? I don’t know. But I think it will be gone soon.