I heard them whispering to each other on their way down the stairs as they both glanced back up at me. “She’s wearing that same skirt again.” Giggling together, they ran the rest of the way. Later, I couldn’t help notice the way they would smirk and walk way around me acting as if they were smelling something horrible. I could’ve given up right then. I could’ve gotten my feelings hurt. But I knew I’d made a commitment to this project and I knew it was the right thing to do.
Lucky for me, I chose to wear the same skirt and lucky for me, I knew it was only my friends at work lovingly teasing me. But it did make me think. Hopefully, this week of Dress For Change is not only changing lives for underprivileged girls in Africa, but I hope it’s changing the way many of us think about our own situations.
It’s amazing how abundant our lives really are. I’m so fortunate to have enough food to eat, an education, a good job, a loving family, great friends, nice clothes to wear, a beautiful home, safe community, my health, a reliable car, a sewing machine….the list could go on and on.
I’m also fortunate to have such a great local thrift store, where used clothing is very affordable. Day Four’s entire outfit has been thrifted throughout the years and the scarf was just recently refashioned from an old pair of pajama pants.
Thank you to everyone who chose to participate in Dress For Change Week.
Here’s to a day full of gratefulness!
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