Friday, July 15, 2011

Remember to Check Your Dry Cleaning

Mom and I are sitting at a table at Christina's wedding in June. She's been fussing with her dress off and on all evening. She finally turns to me and asks, "Do you have a safety pin? I really don't like how low the front of this goes."

Remember "Let's Make a Deal"? Monty Hall would point at someone with a purse or bag and say, "Do you have a 5/16th inch wrench in there?" People used to bring everything including the kitchen sink just to be able to pull whatever was asked out of their purse.

While I'm not that bad, I do, sometimes, have the oddest things in my purse. At the time they were put into the bag, they were important. Then I forget to remove them and they run around with me for 3 to 4 months before I finally remove them for lack of space.

Safety pins probably are the kind of thing I should always have in my purse. You never know when some article of clothing will break or rip and having a safety pin saves the day. Well, of course, I didn't have any in my purse. I emptied the whole thing, much to the amusement of everyone at the table. Then, as I was considering where there might be one, I felt this bump at the side seam of the jacket. Viola. These tags help dry cleaners match your ticket to the clothing item. Generally, smart people remove these tags before they wear the article of clothing again. I checked the hem of the dress. There was the matching tag. In the dark at the reception, I removed both.

As it turned out, we couldn't figure out a way to pin shut the top of mom's dress. Since it was the reception, dark and no one was really paying attention, mom just made sure, when she sat down, that things were properly organized.

I took the outfit to the cleaners when I got home. I didn't wear the dress to Jon's wedding later in the month as my knees were acting up and I felt I couldn't walk in the shoes that go with the outfit. I did, however, remove the tags when I got the pieces back from the cleaners. Actually, those are very nice safety pins. I use them in my sewing projects.

And yes, you have my permission to look me over to make sure I've remembered to remove any and all tags.

Beverage: English Breakfast tea


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