For the last few years there have been three--wait make that four--"bridesmaid" dresses in my closet...one isn't really a bridesmaid dress but was worn at a wedding. Three were actually worn in a wedding. One was bought and then the wedding was canceled.
The three that were worn were pretty. One I didn't think I would like and wound up really liking. If there was another occasion to wear it, I might...it has to be the right circumstances though. The one that wasn't worn I liked. I liked a lot. It had a good shape, was a good color and with a little editing (those flowers) it would have been perfect. It cost a good bit of money, so I've had a hard time letting it go. At one point I thought maybe I would sell them on ebay or craigslist but I just didn't get there.
A month or so ago, I read in the local paper that a local cleaners was collecting used prom dresses. They would clean them and then allow girls in the community who couldn't afford to purchase a new dress to come in and choose a prom dress. I thought about those dresses in my closet...especially the one never worn and decided it was time.
The dress hung close to the door waiting to be taken away. A friend came over, saw it and oohed and aahed over it...I knew it needed to go to a new home. A week ago, I drove down to the cleaners. I pulled up in front of the shop and retrieved the dress from my trunk. As I walked in the door, the lady behind the counter looked up and literally dropped everything, ran around the counter saying "Thank you, thank you, thank you!" and gave me a big hug as she accepted the dress. "It's beautiful" she exclaimed.
Somewhere, this prom season, some young lady, who doesn't fit the conventional idea of beautiful, will be stunning in a brand new dress...and I think that's good.