The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
As I typed the title of this post, I realized that not only did it describe this Maggy London wrap dress from the Manhattan Goodwill, but it also describes the ending of a very long chapter in my life. After decades of working in private law firms, I will first be a full-time caregiver, and then…a different kind of professional, one I haven’t quite defined yet.
I’ll let you know when I do, but I’m giving myself permission not to worry about it too much right now. I’m giving myself permission to focus on our family’s major health crisis, the one we’re all going through together, even though The Teen is the only one receiving healthy new cells in the hope that they will find a home deep inside her bone marrow and flourish. “Grow, cells, grow,” that’s the narrow mantra that circles my thoughts these days – even though she hasn’t received them yet. I feel a little like an expectant mother hen (thanks, Amber), waiting and warming magical eggs, so full of new life and promise.
On a more frivolous note, one of my 50+ Style Blogger Bucket List items was to shop at the Manhattan Goodwill. I know, that’s like the Mac Daddy of fashion aspirations, yeah? Haute Goodwill all the way, that’s what I say, peeps. I paid a whopping $9 for this wrap dress. It almost killed me, you betcha.
What’s left on my 50+ Style Blogger Bucket List? A tattoo (but I haven’t picked it out yet). A pinup worthy photo shoot, like Curtise’s. A chance to start and/or wear The Traveling Red Dress (I’m always on the lookout in secondhand stores for THE ONE, that with a few fat clips can be adjusted for lots of sizes). A MAC mineral compact for worsening acne rosacea (can anyone say stress?) I get all my make-up from the drug store; I’m afraid they’ll laugh at me.
Maybe those silly style musings will have to wait until age 51. But maybe life and bucket lists are never a wrap, just an ever-changing journey, facing the things that go bump in our nights but sometimes turn out to bring the greatest joy.
Want to keep up with The Teen? Her CaringBridge site is http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/keeceesunnysite. We’d love to hear from you during the long battle that will be the coming year.