I have some confessions to make.
1. I love love love graphic tee shirts. I have loved them since I was an adolescent, and when most people matured out of the fashions of their youth, I have refused.
Refused, refuse, refusing, will refused, will have refused, etc.
You can pry my graphic tees out of my cold, dead hands.
But not the one they bury me in. I'm taking that one to the grave.
2. I have a lot of gorgeous dresses. Classy, age-appropriate, figure flattering yet modest dresses.
Dresses like this:
A horrifying 35 pounds stands between me and them.
But I'll get back to them. Oh yes I will. Because in the order of my wardrobe, it's graphic tee shirts, then awesome shoes, then gorgeous dresses.
Someday my preciousnessesssssss.
But not today.
So that means lots of times when I get dressed for Mass, I am upset that I can't wear the classy, age-appropriate, flattering dresses yet, so I punish myself by dressing extra schlubby.
Like, "hey, let's wear graphic tee shirts to Mass because I hate how my body looks and I'd rather people look at my inappropriate clothing choice than my flabby body" kind of schlubby.
Whiiiiiiich is not the intent of Fine Linen and Purple's awesome linkup, to showcase schlubby Mass outfits, but after reading quite a few of my fellow bloggers talking how they were probably not going to linkup anymore because they dreaded seeing what they looked like, I wanted to offer my words of empathy and understanding.
Take a look at the woman above. That picture was me, 20 months ago. A pregnancy ago. That was me after doing a butt-kicking round of P90X.
That is not me now.
Now, I'm more like this:
Note all black ensemble. Note elastic waistband. Note blurry picture, the better to hide the "is she 4 or 5 months pregnant?" stomach. Note double chin, forearms best described as "sturdy".
No? You didn't note all that? You just saw a fellow blogger, on her way to Mass just like you? To celebrate Epiphany just like you? You didn't see those 35 extra pounds and immediately respond with loathing and disgust?
Because when you post your WIWS, that's what I see, too. I see a fellow blogger, on her way to worship Our Lord and engage in the most important thing she'll do all week.
And I'd miss you if you stopped linking up.
(schlubby clothing deets: shirt, teefury.com, skirt, Horny Toad via Zappos, tights, Kohls)
(classy clothing deets: dress, Shabby Apple, shoes, ebay, angry children, my uterus)