Every Easter we usually buy our girls a new dress to wear. It’s a tradition that’s carried over from my childhood. This year we did something a little different.
The dress is a purple eyelet that my mother made for Easter. I remember her getting the fabric. I even remember being really excited to wear my brand new “jelly” shoes with it. I enjoyed the dress and had (somehow) managed to hold onto it. For several years an old dress hung in the back of my girl’s closet. Every once in a while my oldest would ask if it would fit her. I would put her off and tell her sorry that it was too big. This year she asked again and she tried it on. And it fit!
This last Easter my little girl happily wore this handmade dress. It’s not stylish or fancy. But my little one wanted to wear it because she knew it was special to me and so it became special to her. That’s the amazing thing about kids, they don’t care about labels, they care more about feelings. Seeing her run around in my dress made me happy. Not only did it bring back some childhood memories, but made knew ones. The dress wasn’t doing any good being hung in the back of the closet. Handmade items should be used and enjoyed, not hidden away.
Do you have a handmade keepsake that has been enjoyed for multiple generations? I would love to hear about it.