51. The Green Dress

51. The Green Dress

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Curvy & Confident

The Green Dress

Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman can have. It’s much sexier than any body part.

~Aimee Mullins

My daughter Rina called. “Mom, everyone in the wedding party is wearing green. I expect you to as well.”

“Baby, I was planning to wear my black dress.”

“No. I want you to look pretty.”

I gave myself a pep talk. The bride’s always right. Brides should have the wedding of their dreams. She’s getting married in three months so maybe I can get into shape?

I sat on my bed, avoiding the mirror. It would reflect a tall woman with curly hair and glasses, wearing a sloppy gray sweat suit.

Oh, yes, and 30 extra pounds. It had been a long time since I’d felt pretty.

My fashion-conscious husband Larry, who’d wear a suit to the grocery store, dragged me shopping. But two months of retail hell later I still didn’t have a dress.

Then, one day, I found it.

I came out of the dressing room and my husband’s jaw dropped. The saleslady clapped. The jade green dress was long-sleeved and feminine. An attached duster floated around my body.

Touching the gold necklace sewn on the neckline, I was stunned. Was that woman in the mirror me? I hadn’t worn a clingy dress like this in years. My husband and the saleslady even made me change into a smaller size to show off my curves!

Larry kissed my hand, then twirled me around. “You look so fine. I can hardly wait to show you off.”

When I looked at my reflection, I didn’t see flaws. The green dress celebrated my curvy figure.

A month later, I cried when Rina glided down the aisle in her fairy princess gown, a green-eyed beauty with jade ribbons swaying from her bouquet.

Why had I hidden my curvy body in dull colors and loose styles all those years? Being me was wonderful!

My appearance shocked friends and family. Why had I hidden my curvy body in dull colors and loose styles all those years? Being me was wonderful! In between dances at the reception, a stranger approached me. Beautiful, toned, and curvy, she looked at me enviously. “Where did you get that spectacular dress? You look beautiful.”

The lesson I learned from that green dress is simple: Love yourself, love your curves. You’re beautiful.

~Karla Brown

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