“‘TO ALL AND SUNDRY — NEAR AND FAR …'”: Burgundy pullover

December 22, 2015

The weather here has been unseasonably warm, but some days the wind has been chilly and brisk and I have found warmer layers to be welcome when I go out walking.  So choosing what to wear has been a little more of a challenge for me this season.  Compounding this is my discovery recently that it now costs $5.20 to dry clean a heavy sweater at my local dry cleaners.

Anyway, I was trying to figure out layer #2 this morning, the one that comes after the cotton shirt, and I got stuck.  Do I want to get back out clothing I thought I had put away until next year?  Do I want to risk having to take another sweater to the dry cleaners after only minimal wear?  I had a number of specs and was having trouble figuring out what garment I owned would satisfy all of them.

So I did what I usually do when I get stuck and I threw it out to the universe for some guidance, and from that, I opened my closet, went straight to moving a couple of shoe boxes aside, and immediately discovered the perfect layer on a low shelf — an old burgundy pullover, washable, seasonally colorful, warm.

I remembered the article of clothing once I saw it, but I don’t think I could have actively named it as something I owned.

I think I had put it away somewhere obscure because I thought it was beginning to look a little down at the mouth.

This time of year I think about A.A. Milne’s “King John’s Christmas.”  My mother read it to us with great passion and fervor when we were young, and with especially great enthusiasm at the part near the end when the india-rubber ball makes its dramatic appearance.

Well, it’s not yet Christmas (then again, I’m not King John, nor even a Christian), and a pullover isn’t a ball, nor is burgundy really red, but I enjoyed seeing a faint parallel and thinking about what comes to us as a surprise from the outside may actually be something within us that we had merely lost sight of.

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5 Responses to ““‘TO ALL AND SUNDRY — NEAR AND FAR …'”: Burgundy pullover”

  1. jimmy Says:

    i can hear Aunt Marjorie right now narrating with stage-quality passion.

    • Diana Moses Says:

      She loved to read poetry, and even more, I think, to recite it — my father had a running joke with her about how little it took to trigger a recitation of “Old Ironsides” from her.

    • Diana Moses Says:

      Good old Aunt Arctica. Thank you.

      Just a heads-up that if I don’t screen a link, I don’t post the comment, and I don’t always have the whatever it takes to screen links.

      • Matthew Brooks Says:

        That’s all right. Not everything was meant to posted twice 🙂

        the lord works in mysterious ways, etc.


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