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Wednesday, May 9, 2007


The journey begins with a suitcase that refuses to be packed. THIS is the liability of perhaps too many clothes and the habit of taking about 30% more stuff on the road than will ever be used. I know I’m going to overpack; I know it’s insane; to stop the insanity I procrastinate packing. Neurotic OR brilliant?

But what is way more FUN (and another tragic avoidance technique)? Playing with my clothes!

I am heading up country tomorrow for my annual Pilgrimage to the Woods. It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday and I always travel to my Mother’s home in Michigan to bask in the love. Yes, Mother’s Day is a two-way street – lots of swell emotion zinging back-and-forth in both directions.

You can see part of my Gift to Mom above. Now why could an outfit of mine possibly be construed as present to anyone if I am wearing it?

Think of it.

If you are like many teen girls growing up in America (and probably globally) you’ve had more conversations with She Who Must be Obeyed than you can count about What They are Wearing — they being young women, usually with something showing that someone thinks should be under cover.

In My Family, that would be Legs/Kneecaps. Now I’ll admit, kneecaps, like most feet, are not the first answer to pass the lips when questioned on one’s favorite body part. Mine are doughy and chubbed to be sure (and that’s both aforementioned parts – we fondly refer to my feet as *pierogi*).

So the lovely lace skirt above will delight Mom – not only am I NOT wearing trousers (JEANS OMG!), but I am fabulously wrapped to below-knee in lots of fabric — two layers worth to be exact — and surprisingly, it looks quite smash with the navy waistcoat. (For some reason, naked arms in our house are quite OK, but I still might throw a little sheer black Tee under that top.)

Now what’s really important is Where this outfit is to be worn. At 11:30 am this Saturday, I will be in a rural church basement in the middle-of-nowhere. Well, Upper Lower Michigan to be exact but for you Urban Folk: Nowhere.

This is the site of an annual Mother’s Day Lunch – where the Men of the Church *cook* (serve food cooked by their wives) once a year to show their respect to all womankind. And hence, Part II of my Mother’s Day gift is given – my tongue normally arrives home later clove in two pieces from the frightful clamp that’s been on it for several hours.

Ahem. However, the actual location of this place gives me ample opportunity to fufill my Biological Destiny.

I am half-Polish.

And in our version of femininity, one must always be 10% over-dressed.


Mommie – these shoes are for YOU!
Dziękują za cały piękne kobiety nasz rodzina!

Happy Mother’s Day Everyone!


22 responses to “Wednesday, May 9, 2007”

  1. Laura K. says:

    Thanks for starting out my morning with a smile–you will look lovely, mom will be happy and you won’t be (as my parents say) “walking around with your dupa hanging out”.

  2. Darinka says:

    Oh Bonne—You made me tear up. At this time of year especially I miss my mommy who went to heaven almost 2 years ago.

    So I’ll live vicariously through you. Both of you will have a marvelous time and enjoy the love!!!

    You’ll look fabulous too.


  3. Michelle Dakuras says:

    Nicole is the perfect girl to take with. All sugar and spice!I love that pattern!! Have a lovely trip!

  4. Nancy says:

    My Mommie felt much the same way and she was Scot-Irish. And, yes, we spelled it ‘Mommie’. Love her while you can despite being her mother’s daughter with all the baggage. Mine died three years ago and I miss the love that was there, even if it was hidden much of the time.

  5. Toby Wollin says:

    Bonne Marie – what an outfit. Fab-uuuu. Love the sweater, love the skirt (I can see a lace skirt in my future, big time), and THE SHOES !!! Dazzle the mommies and daddies at the luncheon B. Marie!! My mommy, who is no longer with us, but who was a fashionista with her own shoe “thing” would smile down on this outfit for sure!!

  6. meg says:

    Oh, what a Vision you’ll be! Mommie will be so proud! Sweet sandals :)

  7. LaurieM says:

    Funny! I work with a lot of polish people and you hit the nail on the head with the over dressed part. I also know that they always look beautiful and I’m sure you will too!

    I hope you enjoy the love.

  8. Marlena says:

    I love the color of your Nicole! The shininess (shinyness?) of the yarn made me think of the small stash of orange DB Pure Silk I have, which made me realize (with delight!) that I have enough to make Nicole! You just made my day!

  9. Karen B. says:

    There are many ways to show your Mom the love and respect she deserves. Why not let your clothes be a reflection of that, and so beautifully too!

    Safe travels, Bonne Marie!

  10. Susan P says:

    Let me guess – Cedar? Home of the annual Polkafest and Plevalean? My sister lives in Cedar, & my father in Leland. Am I close?


  11. Frank says:

    rofl… Haven’t heard or used ‘dupa’ in quite a while… I love that word…

    Bonne Marie, GORGEOUS outfit! I would so love to finish one article of clothing to wear, much less a whole OUTFIT… wow…

    Have fun. Enjoy your momma extra for me as I’m miles and miles from mine (which is mostly good).


  12. Sonya says:

    What a gorgeous outfit – the picture of demure. And such sensible shoes, though that back strap, don’t you think it reveals a little _too_ much heel?

  13. Debi says:

    You’ll look smashing B-M!! Happy Mother’s Day!!

  14. Wanda says:

    That’s definitely a gift that Mom will be happy to receive. How sweet of you! And I know exactly what you mean about in your culture, you are always overdressed for an event. It’s funny to live here in Denver where people are much more relaxed about clothing style. I typically am a bit overdressed, but I’m used to doing it, so my relaxed or casual dress, is still a step above everyone else. But I can’t help it, I come by it honestly. Enjoy your time with Mom!

  15. Asaknitter says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to you too! It’s a given, you should always travel with more clothes than you need.

  16. Give a wave to me as you wend your way home! Hope you’re having a great time with Mom.

  17. Jennifer says:

    What a wonderful gift for mom! The outfit is lovely! Enjoy your weekend and don’t bite your tongue till it bleeds.

  18. amisha says:

    i love this story! what an amazing daughter you are… the outfit is lovely and i know your mama will appreciate it (and your presence at the supper… hee hee!)

  19. Lisa Radunz says:

    Pierogi! I love pierogi (the food)! Unfortunately, we haven’t had any since my grandmother died five years ago:( You wouldn’t happen to know of ka-loush-keys (I have no idea how to spell it)? You wouldn’t happen to have any great Polish recipies for things of that sort?

  20. Tracey says:

    Fantastic! I hope all is well with the awesome Mrs. Burns. Send our bloggy love as well.
    Smashing outfit dear, your going to blow those church basement dwellers away, bitten tongue and all.

  21. claudia says:

    You will look smashing. Have a wonderful weekend (and don’t do permanent damage to that tongue).

  22. Helen says:

    Those shoes are FABULOUS! (the outfit’s no slouch either). Who makes them? where can I get me some?.

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