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Saturday, my daughters, mother (aka Gangi), and I took a little downtown shopping trip in Asheville, NC. We planned to visit several shops but wound up spending all of our time at Virtue, the (and this is not an opinion, but a fact) absolute hands-down best dress shop in Asheville. The girls found great deals on adorable dresses (deals made even better by the presence of Gangi’s credit card) and we left with smiles on our faces, clutching our adorable daisy-print Virtue bags.

This is always great fun for my mother because she and Daddy had such a limited budget when I was little that Mother made all of our clothes. Easter dresses, cowboy suits, neckties, bathing suits, all of it. She’s still the one the grandkids go to for needed mending and alterations. Anyway, now Mother truly enjoys shopping with us and treating us to the little extras she couldn’t afford years ago.

As soon as we got home, we began sorting through our goodies. Among other things, Gangi had gotten Trellace a lovely goldenrod cable knit sweater, embellished with buttons larger than 50-cent pieces. She removed the tags and modeled it for Gangi who oohed and ahhhed.

“Oh I love it Trellace! It looks just great on you,” she said, her glasses perched on her nose as she examined it with her seamstress eyes, looking for stray threads and fabric flaws. “Here’s an extra button,” she said, clipping the little zip-lock baggy off the sweater’s tag. “Don’t lose that!”

Trellace looked over her shoulder at her grandmother and then down at the proffered notion, tentatively accepting it. As she looked at it, clearly uncertain of what to do with such a thing, she handed it back to Mother saying, “Umm, can’t you just keep it Gangi?”


About the Author Aileen Lawrimore

Aileen Mitchell Lawrimore is a mother x 3, wife x 28 (years not men), minister, speaker, writer, retreat leader, and lover of beagles and books. She has a lot to say.

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Jill Webster says October 29, 2013

What a beautiful picture of each of you!!! It sounds as if you had a very special time with each other.

    Aileen Lawrimore says October 30, 2013

    Thanks Jill! We had such a great 26 hours! 🙂 Packed a lot into a short period of time.

Len Carrier says November 19, 2013

Here's what I think. What a great photo of you, Trellace and Margaret! My further thought is that now that the AC-T has sacked my friend, Susan Reinhardt, you should write a guest column for them. I may be prejudiced--well, I am prejudiced--but I would prefer your assessment of the local scene over the person who is now doing that. I know her name, but I prefer not to say.

    Aileen Lawrimore says November 20, 2013

    Thanks Len! May you always be biased in my favor! And I confess, I've always wanted to write a human interest column like Susan's. Best to you and Claire!

Anonymous says November 21, 2013

Claire and I send our best to you and your family this holiday season.

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