Of Cabbages and Kings

January 8, 2007

Lady in red

Filed under: Personal, Random musing — Chinmayi @ 4:30 pm

Was waiting at the tailor’s today. There was this girl that had dumped an armful of dark red satin, and a profusion of lace on the counter. She was leaning across to show the tailor a picture of a svelte blonde in a blue evening dress, and was explaining how she’d like him to make her red dress with its shiny lace.

I automatically began (mentally) ripping the red gown to shreds. Tacky. Gaudy. Will not go with her skin. Why is she having it cut that way – the only chance she has of possibly salvaging the outfit is to try and stick to simplicity. But no one who’d buy shiny lace would think of that of course. And on and on in that vein*. What was she thinking! I thought. And suddenly, it floated into my head – I saw what she was thinking. She was thinking that she’d look like a princess. And when she put that red gown on, she would actually feel like a princess. And that evening would be magic – because in her mind, she would be a princess. And people like me who scoff at a princess’ red dress can go hang, because we’ll never know how it feels to be a princess.

* Yes, I hate to break it to you. I’m not an angel. Am very very catty sometimes. And it’s very rich coming from me since I don’t exactly look the Chanel type.



  1. it might not be your princess dress, but it might be hers…. i guess.
    although i’m a bitch as well…

    i think i’d have to pitch in and add ‘you know, it would suit you so much if you just (insert something that means she doesn’t use the lace)’

    Comment by pinkjellybaby — January 8, 2007 @ 4:32 pm

  2. I was tempted. The tailor actually tried. But she could see the dress in her mind…and like you said – it was her princess dress.

    Comment by Contrary Mary — January 8, 2007 @ 4:41 pm

  3. perhaps she’ll get in a fight and someone will rip off the lace and it will look much better…

    Comment by pinkjellybaby — January 8, 2007 @ 4:46 pm

  4. My neice got a princess dress. She looked good in it. You never know, this lady might.
    I just hope she uses it for day to day things like going shopping or picking up milk.

    Comment by The Boy Who Likes To... — January 9, 2007 @ 11:52 am

  5. @ pinkjelly baby: I certainly hope so
    @ The Boy: She intended to wearing it at a wedding

    I have a feeling that it won’t be that disastrous after all – from all the other stuff that was hanging up at the tailor’s place, bright-and-shiny is the order of the day. So perhaps she’ll really be a princess…

    Comment by Contrary Mary — January 10, 2007 @ 3:45 pm

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