Dr. Judith Rolfs, Writer, Marriage & Family Counselor, Wife, Mom and Grandmom
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Clothing and Contentment
Fall is time for major closet
cleaning - sorting through clothes screaming with memories –
The wool slacks bought in Door County at Whistling Swan the day after my
sister-in-law died when I had college-age children too and didn’t buy myself
much. I said why put off an expensive purchase when life was so short. The somber
way I walked for days after her premature death is still only a moment’s
thought away. I gently slide the slacks into my giveaway bag.
I see the paisley corduroy skirts,
matching my own, I bought for my mom in her 80’s to keep her looking young. The long green velvet skirt with the huge embroidered poinsettia I wore several years when giving Christmas programs at Mom’s adult day care center. How the older ladies admired it!
I touch and lovingly fold the two
suits purchased after my first radio show in anticipation of many more. A
perfect dress to meet my publishers at the CBA Booksellers Convention – what
dreams I had for touching millions of lives through my writing – dreams
realized in smaller proportions.
Funny how certain outfits remind me
of people – dear friends, business associates – I wonder did I dress with
them in mind, wanting to fit in? I hope not. Clothes worn for teaching college
classes, and for counseling clients - a special wardrobe in itself.
I touch the sweaters purchased to
wear during my eleven months of chemo for Hepatitis C when I’d lost a lot of
weight. The outfit I bought for our son Dan and Stephanie’s wedding rehearsal
dinner fifteen years ago. How the years fly.
Clothes tell the story of all my
days, sometimes sweet and sunlit, others sorrow-laden. Lord, it’s been a busy
life, lots of outfits, many events, all lived out in love.
Clothing becomes part of my history.
It’s comfortable to embrace the past of life’s passage and stay there, but these
memories can be clutched for only a limited time. Lord I move forward with You in the garments appropriate for now.
food and clothing, with these we shall be content.”
1 Timothy 6:8 New
King James Version (NKJV)
for my Circlemaker Prayer Team:
for Sept. Christian Women’s Connection speaking events in Neenah and Wautoma,
up: October 8th Cornerstone Shop & Gallery, 1-3 p.m. Lake
October 11th Lake Geneva Museum 2 p.m. Author Presentation