Keep that Wonder
One of my cherished qualities about my husband is this: he has never lost his childlike wonder. Ben is excitable about the small things and openly celebrates simplicity. Just the other night, he was blowing bubbles with our favorite claimed nephew, Aidan, and I swear, the glow in his eyes matched that of the 19-month-old. Bubbles are met with the same amazement as births and weddings. I don't know how he maintains this quality, but to my admiration, he does. Life can be harsh. It can drag you through the mud leaving stains, but Ben has somehow found a way to keep this large part of him clean, untainted. This kimono and Ben have a lot in common.
Introducing my latest vintage find: this silk kimono. A beauty from juju (where else?) completely covered in delicate floral embroidery. There are bows where there should be buttons and bareness where there could be sleeves. The mock collar gives it a sense of formality. The sheerness says, "Let's party!" Instead of the white hue blending with my pale coloring to create one big pasty blob (ain't nobody got time for that), it plays nicely with my alabaster skin.
A feminine softness is projected when I wear this kimono. It often compliments the androgynous pieces paired with it. Just the other weekend, I rocked it unbuttoned over high-waisted denim with The Rolling Stones band tank. Black sneakers and round sunnies were added to complete the look. Instead of my typical boyish jeans and band tee look, the kimono brought an element of surprise. A nice, dainty add-on.
Here you will find a simple bodysuit underneath the kimono; the better to highlight the purity and premium condition of this vintage piece. Like Ben's childlike wonder, this kimono has been faced with events and moments which could have easily diminished its authentic foundation. Makeup traces and unknown stains, loose threads, missing closures; none of these common challenges with vintage clothing appeared on this piece. It has been passed through many hands; too many to be traced, actually. Yet, the purity has been protected. It met my hands with light and wonder, pure as the day it was sewn.
Ben and this kimono have a lot in common. They both remind me to preserve that glow. Take pleasure and excitement in the little things, and do not grant the bad things the power to stain your outlook. Remember, there was once a time when you saw everything as an adventure. Amazement and wonder were commonplace. Let's be amazed again and find solace and excitement in the little things. Let's find that pure part of us and keep it in mint condition. Let's keep that wonder, folks.
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