Friday, July 6, 2012
Send Them My Way
The definition of a hand me down can be defined as something someone else has worn on their back or behind.
They're already broken in with plenty of room to grow, no fading when they're washed, always fit and ready to go.
Hand me downs are riches and worth so much more, than anything that could ever be bought new from the store.
I'm proud to say I've worn them my whole life through.Me and hand me downs go together like the grass and the morning dew.
My mama once told me even my diapers were hand me downs. I thought it was quite funny how diapers could make so many rounds.
Even my brothers wore britches of hand me downs too, handed down to the next one as fast as they out grew.
Unless they wore the knees out, which was most of the time. Mama would patch them or cut them off and make shorts for summertime.
And each year before school started, she'd buy a couple a pair, knowing fully well they'd all eventually share.
Mine was a little different, I wore hand me downs from friends. Since I was the oldest there were no hand me downs to begin.
I thought I was a queen strutting around in a new hand me down dress. To think I almost wore one for my wedding dress.
I'll never forget the time I needed a white dress bad. For eighth grade graduation I wore a hand me down dress and was so honored and glad.
And the friend that gave it, I can never forget. She gave it from her heart, I still think of her yet.
It was the most beautiful dress in the whole world. It sure did make a night full of dreams come true for a young girl.
I even tried to save it for my wedding day but the age took its toll, the old dress turned yellow and faded away.
And like that old dress all good things must come to an end, they either fade away or get passed down to someone else again.
Today my memories are still so vivid and clear, so many stories of hand me downs I could tell for a year.
And if you've got any hand me downs just send them my way. I promise I'll wear them, I'll wear them everyday.
Hand me downs are special, they don't make me feel poor. They do just the opposite, they make me feel rich a thousand ways more.
Susie Swanson, 2012