The Christmas Jumper Dress
A Christmas Memory
Walking downtown with my mother a few days before Christmas my eyes caught sight of a lovely wool jumper dress displayed in a store window. The beautiful shade of maroon grabbed my attention. Seeing my excitement, my mother took me in the store, an exclusive one we had never gone into because of the high priced merchandise. I tried on the dress and it was perfect but for the price. My thirteen-year-old heart sank because I knew we could not afford it. On the bus ride home, I thought of that dress!
You probably guessed it, about a day later; a box appeared on my bed. I was so happy my mother had sacrificed to purchase the dress. But what I didn’t expect was the way I felt when I put it on as my own. I felt great love from my mother. I learned that while things make us happy, my mother’s love to me surpassed the way I felt about the dress.
I also felt special when I wore it to school. My gal friends complimented me on how maroon was my color and I believe it was then that I started to see myself as a young woman. I was also growing and feeling special in God’s eyes. In hind sight, I realized, this dress improved my self-esteem.
I wore it on Christmas Day with a white blouse and short white boots. I felt amazing, so confident. Another thing I felt was worthy.
Later on in life when feeling unloved or unappreciated, I remembered that dress. I kept the dress for years. My soul welled up with emotions as I wrote about this event, recognizing the spiritual lessons that came out of my mother’s gift.
I have beautiful memories of that Christmas when a single mother blessed her daughter with a lovely dress to help her be and feel lovely!
“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.” Psalm 20:4, 5