I think it all started when I opened the Autumn LLBean catologue. There it was...in all it's woolly glory. The Birdseye sweater.
Oh how I wanted this sweater! The year was 1985 and I may or may not have cut these out of the LLBean catologue and glued them on photos of myself so I could imagine I owned one. They resurfaced this past Autumn and you know I did not waste any time placing my order. As Joan Rivers once said..."money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made". This sweater makes me very happy. It represents so much. The life I wanted when I was younger. This sweater was so out of reach when I wanted it the most, owning it now is a symbol of how far I have come. It is the uniform of the club I always wanted to be invited to join. I think I was recently appointed vice-president.
Then came the Tretorns. My heart races a little when I see them! I spent so much time at the public tennis courts (there were no country clubs in my youth) I really did wear a hole in the toe of mine! I saved up money from my after school job and bought my first pair in a shoe store in the Niagara Falls factory outlet mall.
This is not my foot...image courtesy of google.
I recently bought a pair of Tretorns and they make me even happier than my first pair! Ignore the fine lines, reading glasses and mild heartburn and I really could be 14 again when I am wearing them. Okay squint a little!
I wore this when I was a teenager...I have no idea why but I just loved the way it smelled!
Over the next few days I will be writing to my 14 year old self. I thought I might have a few tidbits of advice but once I got started I realised how much I have learned in the last 25 years so instead of one huge post, there will be several smaller posts. It is amazing how much I had to learn and how much I had to go through to learn it. Life, love, people, places...none of them come with a manual even though at 14 I thought I knew it all. In the words of Bob Dylan, I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.
Have a fabulous day!