My daughter’s prom dress

Last night I wore my daughter’s prom dress to a formal gala. And I got plenty of compliments. “What an absolutely beautiful dress,” people were saying. “It’s so gorgeous. Fits you like a glove.”    The original intention was that it would fit my daughter Alex like a glove. And it did. It was too big, when she purchased it three years ago, so she had it tailored to perfectly hug her figure. A few months later, she left for college. And everyone knows what happens your first year of college.. you gain a few pounds.

Alex is taller than me. by two inches, and she has a very nice figure. But she can’t get back into the dress, so it is hanging in her closet  at home and I keep borrowing it. I like the color–a soft olive green and the beaded shoulder strap. It’s not that I don’t have other gowns I could wear, but wearing her gown makes me think of Alex. And I miss her so much, that it’s almost as if she were with me when I’m standing in a crowd or out on the dance floor. Plus people keep complimenting me on my excellent taste, and I get to explain it’s really my daughter’s taste. She’s the one who picked it out, not for me, but for herself.

“And how is Alex?” They ask.  She’ studying hard, I say and I get to brag a little about her courage in attending a college so far from home and her serious intent in pursuing a career as a physician’s assistant which means a pre-med curriculum.
Are there other mother’s out there who get to wear their daughter’s gowns. I don’t know, but I certainly consider myself lucky to have a beautiful daughter with great taste and to get to wear her clothes. And yes, sometimes she borrows mine. It’s a two way street!

Nadja wearing daugher Alex's prom gown.
Nadja wearing daugher Alex’s prom gown.

Published by Nadja Maril

Nadja Maril is a communications professional who has over 10 years experience as a magazine editor. A writer and journalist, Maril is the author of several books including: "American Lighting 1840-1940", "Antique Lamp Buyer's Guide", "Me, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat", and "Runaway, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat". Her short stories and essays have been published in several small online journals including Scarlet Leaf Review and Storynews. She has an MFA in creative writing from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. Former Editor-in-Chief of What's Up ? Publishing, former Editor of Chesapeake Taste Magazine a regional lifestyle magazine based in Annapolis, and former Lighting Editor of Victorian Homes Magazine, Maril has written hundreds of newspaper and magazines articles on a variety of subjects..

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