A white tulle dress with a wide, lime green ribbon tied snugly around my waist, the two ends of the ribbon cascading 3/4 of the way down the back of the floor length gown, a corsage on my wrist (given to me by my date), and I felt like Cinderella.
Except when Cinderella had to visit the bathroom later in the evening, she forgot about those two, long cascading ribbons hanging down the back of her Junior Prom dress, and whoops! As I was adjusting everything, getting ready to head back out to the dance floor, I realized something was wet. The gorgeous lime green ribbon was wet--dripping wet! Those were the days when there weren't electric hand dryers in the bathroom, and the thin, brown roll of paper to dry your hands on wasn't much help in trying to dry two long, lime green pieces of ribbon. I was so embarrassed, but what's a girl to do when clearly her "train" was somewhere it wasn't supposed to be? This girl encouraged her date to dance in the dimly lit parts of the decorated high school gym.
I hadn't thought about my prom dress experience for a long time, until the other day when I sat down to "go" and whoops! The long, cascading ties in the back of my vintage apron, yes--it happened again. I have two favorite, vintage farm aprons. The front of the apron hangs down to the middle of my legs, and I tie the bow in the back. The ties of the apron are very long. I could wrap them around my waist and tie the bow in the front, but the apron loses some of the homespun feeling wearing it that way, so I try to remember to grab the ties before I sit down. Apparently I need to do a better job of remembering...
To me wearing a vintage apron sets the tone for my day. I feel grounded and it's easier for me to slow down and enjoy the things around me. I wear an apron even when I'm not cooking. If you see a woman wearing an apron at the market, or at the Farm and Garden nursery, it's probably me.
Today I'm giving some away some vintage aprons to readers (not to worry, none of them have long ties in the back), so be sure to enter the drawing. Click here.
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AUTHORBUZZ: Adoring Ink (Fiction) by Carrie Ann Ryan
Second chances don't come easy and sometimes for authors, it takes more than one chance for a character to shine. I adored Holly from the moment I wrote her but I knew she wasn't a Montgomery. She was too sweet, too shiny, too sparkly. Of course that meant I just had to find the write man for her. So thank you readers, for wanting more of Holly and Brody just as much as I did!
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