Memories and Shopping
Think before you buy.
Long ago, in another life, I had a neighbor who became a great friend. Ruth Wiseman lived across the street (more like a pathway) in Valley of Enchantment. I think I want to move back just for the name and the trees that make a gentle quivering forest sound in the soft wind.
Ruth was one of the first shoppers on TV way back in the mid seventies. She loved to stock up on bargains. One night, Ruth slipped and fell into her glass coffee table. Her husband Jim came and yelled for my husband Brian to help. Brian, a former paramedic returned home crying. “She’s gone,” he said. I could not wrap my mind around what he meant.
A few days later, Ruth’s shopping order arrived. Jim brought me the package and said Ruth wanted me to have the nightgowns and enjoy them. 34 years later, I am wearing the blue lace one of the two I have left and wondering what happened to the tangerine silk.
The blue and the mauve beaded gowns have been though pregnancies, nursing babies, losing our daughter Sara, losing Brian, and more. Both gowns look like the day they arrived.
Do you still have things in your life you purchased years ago? Think about your purchases lasting a lifetime. Maybe even someone’s other than you.