Mary arrived bearing not only boxing gloves but also a strapless peach colored ballgown with a puffed and billowing skirt. She found the dress at a sidewalk sale at Bonnie’s Bridal in Viroqua, WI. Since I was in high school, the occasional sidewalk sales at Bonnie’s boutique have formed the backbone of the Slattery sister collection of formal dresses. I firmly believe it is important to keep a few ballgowns in your closet. You just never know when you might need to attend a ball. More likely though, you never know when it is time to head over to the ball diamond at twilight for an impromptu sisterly photo shoot.
Of course, it is also helpful to happen to have a blue wig and a large hat collection to pick from, and a civil war era cannon across the street from your house. Doesn’t Mary look stunning in that blue bob? I could have used a wig myself to be honest. I was a bit of a wild-haired mess, in desperate need of henna. In fact there is a pot bubbling on the stove right now. Of course I was also wrangling a wriggling baby. You can never start them too young.
But this evening, Mary was really the blue haired belle of the ball…..diamond, in this case.
The sun was setting over the mossy grey stone steps, imparting a mysterious fairytale quality to the scene.
I am so grateful for sisters, the freedom to keep dreaming and playing even though I am a grown woman, blue bob wigs, ballgowns, and Bonnie’s Wedding Center in Viroqua, Wisconsin. I am pretty sure my neighbors are all grateful for these things too. At least I think that is what they were thinking about when they all simultaneously headed out to start mowing lawns and clipping hedges at dusk.