Upon entering 2016, I made two New Year’s resolutions within this space so that others would hold me accountable. One was to send as many thank you’s via snail mail as fast as my feeble hands could write them, and the other was to stop buying clothes. Because I collect clothes like my tot collects toy turtles. Our shoe-box house yelled, “Not one more dress will I hold!”
Besides, being wasteful makes my tummy ache.
For a month, I was a good girl, avoiding thrift stores and writing sweet little thank you’s.
Alas, I just broke up with Resolution #2 by purchasing a pair of leggings.
Before you get huffy, these aren’t just another pair of leggings that I will place atop the rack in my closet, forgetting then loathing their existence. These leggings are so much more because they mean so much more. Their happy yellow slogan will keep my stride in check, even on my not-so-sunny days. That slogan reads, “Rare. Able.” –a precious reminder of my dear friend and fellow writer, Ramee’s sweet, little babe named Mabel.
“After a two year search for answers, our daughter was diagnosed with Batten Disease; a rare, genetic, degenerative and fatal brain disease…our youngest daughter, Mabel Audrine, passed away on May 29, 2015, shortly before her 5th birthday. “
In purchasing these leggings, I broke one resolution only to be reminded of another, for I am so thankful to have met Mabel, and to consider her mother a dear friend. Ramee and her family have endured the kind of suffering, turmoil, and even rage associated with loss that my words could never embody. Instead, read the story only Ramee can tell on her blog, here. After reading of sweet Mabel, I’m certain you will want to help me break my New Year’s resolution, too. Consider getting involved by visiting: www.mabelsable.com.