So okay, I love my grandma. She is literally the queen bee of my family, like the Godfather – except she’s Asian, maybe 4’10”, at most 95 pounds – but when she talks, everyone listens. When there are problems, big decisions to be made, drama…everyone goes to her. She’s the hub. But don’t get it twisted, when you think of grandmas you think milk and cookies – oh no, not my grandma. She believes in tough love, her words will cut you, she will hit you with the broomstick if she feels you deserve it (you can ask my brother). She’s not the kiss-the-boo-boo type of grandma, she slaps on the bandaid and tells you “stop crying you’re not dying, grandma doesn’t like cry babies” (you can ask my daughter this one). She’s wise, she’s gone through some stuff, and when anything unknown comes up it’s always – “well ask Grandma”. There are 5 living generations on that side of my family, my daughter being the youngest, then me, my father, my grandmother and my great grandmother. While we don’t see her often, I do love when my daughter gets to visit with her great-great grandmother. And my little one in fact has 4 great grandmothers alive. Anyhow, there are alot of years there.
So a while back, grandma called me since she knows I sew, I sell stuff, I sell vintage stuff – and asked if I wanted to come by and grab some things from her closet that she no longer wanted. She said maybe I could make a few dollars out of them. So we went through the bags, and it was touching to see a soft side of her as she reminisced with me about time periods of her life that she wore those clothes. Pointing out her favorites, telling me about places she’d gone – my grandfather (who has long since passed) of course in the military these stories included Panama, Germany, the States…I almost didn’t want to take the clothes, but she insisted. She said she had no need for them anymore.
It’s for sure that I can’t fit the clothes and I don’t have the heart to cut them up. It was hard finding models who could get the buttons buttoned up or zippers zipped up because she is such a tiny woman. But they say great things come in small packages. Vintage items have so much history. Its great to think someone else might be able to enjoy the life these clothes have lived.