Fast forward to December 2012, Sarah Doell buys an adorable dress for the holiday. It's short and simple and blue and flouncy (for lack of a better word). It's the best little dress. It's a shade of blue and a style that is flattering for anyone...and, apparently, it fits everyone. Having the world's most versatile dress means one thing is for sure: it will get passed around. And sure enough. One by one, my friends would wear the dress to fancy events. Sarah VandaVeer wore it for her birthday one year, I think someone wore it to the Mozarkian one year, and now me.
I finally got the chance to throw that bad boy on this past weekend. It was a little weird. I mean, we borrowed clothes all the time during college. It's not a big deal. But for one dress to fit so many different girls and be flattering on every single one of them is weird. But the magic of the dress prevailed.
|Me feat. the Magic Blue Dress|
So I got to thinking, my dreams have come true. "The Magic Blue Dress" (as it is affectionately called) is our version of the jeans from the movie. Now, we don't write on them and we definitely wash the dress (I think...). The dress reminds me of the good old days, when we all lived in the same place. Although we have only traded the dress off a few times over the past three years, it's been a symbol of our friendship, and more recently a symbol of our long distance friendships. I'm nostalgic, almost to a fault. So to say that I don't miss skipping class for personal snow days at Auburn House or movie nights at Pike House would be a lie. Being so close to my girls was one of the best parts of college. But now we're working through transition--in different stages of life and in different places. Springfield, Bolivar, Saint Louis. For now. Single, engaged, married. Still in school & teaching. Working. Applying for graduate school and medical school. Looking at moving vs. thinking about staying put. Last year, learning and living in the same place was already hard. Now we're doing it with distance between us.
Ultimately we're learning what it looks like to rely on the Lord for comfort and support. These girls are good at reminding me about that. I'm thankful for conversations with them. The conversations are challenging. I think we debate via group text better than most presidential candidates. Even when the texts come out of order or worse, I'm gone for 2 hours and miss 40 texts (Sorry for whoever works a 9 to 5). We talk a lot about God, food, trips, and current events. I'm challenged and encouraged by them daily.
So far, more than half of us have worn the dress. I don't know how long we'll pass it around. Probably until all of us wear it at least once. And hopefully someone will use it as a bridesmaids dress because it's actually perfect.
"So basically...you could say we bleed blue. " -Abbi