A Dress for the Wedding

By Lisa Romeo

March 27, 2017

A Dress for the Wedding

You are modeling dresses and your husband votes for the one with the bouncy hem and V-neck. "It shows your nice cleavage!"

"Yeah, for everyone."

But in fact, you like your cleavage, and it's good to like something about your body. You are a fat woman in your 50s, with a disappeared waistline, boulder-like dimply thighs balanced above puckered knees and bulbous calves. Your upper arms flap. Your feet spread across flats, stilettos a memory. As pounds appeared, you've learned what flatters and what doesn't multiply.

And, you are lucky. You shop at stores where designers offer stylish large sized clothing. You sift, evaluating cut, texture, drape. Your rules demand black, or black-and-white, but not white-and-black. Simple, not quiet. Stylish but not trendy. No ruffles. Dresses that move and aren't retiring, dresses that make you feel like a confident woman, not a fat woman.

In the dressing room, you watch your legs when the hemline shifts. Then, you twirl a little, wanting to feel pretty as a new dress. You twirl, an alive woman claiming space.

At home, in your V-neck dress, your husband grabs you and twirls you between the windows and the bed where you made love that morning.

The bride, it turns out, is a large woman. The bride, in her floaty white dress, and you, in your drapey black-and-white dress, are only one size: the size of love.

Your husband says, "Let's dance." On the dance floor, you twirl.

Comments (25) - Post a Comment
Oh! I love this! The details and the imagery and a beginning that suggests slyly to the reader that this journey will be one of begrudging self-tolerance, yet takes a marvelous twist into the joys and celebration of self-love. Beautiful!
Leah Silverman at 10:54am EDT - March 27, 2017
Sweet, touching, and a perfect ending. Love this piece.
Hayley at 11:19am EDT - March 27, 2017
There are so many reasons to love this. Size inside and out. The husband too is aging and changing. What might be the alternative?
Jan Priddy at 11:39am EDT - March 27, 2017
Sweet honesty.
Andrea Fisk rotterman at 12:32pm EDT - March 27, 2017
Love this! "An alive woman claiming space." Enliving the world as she twirls.
Marilyn Bousquin at 2:53pm EDT - March 27, 2017
LOVE this for so many reasons! Beautiful.
Judy at 2:53pm EDT - March 27, 2017
I was in the mood for something joyful like this, thank you!!
Karen Sosnoski at 3:04pm EDT - March 27, 2017
So great. Thank you.
Elizabeth Hilts at 3:32pm EDT - March 27, 2017
A delightfully poignant and graphic snapshot of Lisa Romeo's life and marriage.
MaryJo Comins at 4:58pm EDT - March 27, 2017
Simply lovely. A gorgeous slice of life and glimpse inside a beautiful person.
Roxanne Jones at 5:19pm EDT - March 27, 2017
Haralee at 5:20pm EDT - March 27, 2017
You got me at "Yeah, for everyone".
Debra Eder at 5:27pm EDT - March 27, 2017
Lisa, this is absolutely wonderful.
Jayne Martin at 12:10pm EDT - March 28, 2017
Thank you all for reading & saying such nice things!
Lisa Romeo at 7:56am EDT - March 29, 2017
Lisa, it's amazing how much you packed into 250 words. The shopping, a moment at the wedding, the relationship with your husband. Well done!
Nina at 11:57pm EDT - March 30, 2017
You say just enough and mean so much at the same time. Wonderful!
Jill Smith at 12:34pm EDT - March 31, 2017
WOW!! This is great. You are amazing.
Frank (the Husband) at 1:18pm EDT - March 31, 2017
This is lush in its honesty, imagery, and reflection. "...only one size: the size of love." Simply gorgeous.
Sue Repko at 8:59am EDT - April 3, 2017
You put us there, inside your head. The size of love is a great way to end.
Donna Jackel at 12:02pm EDT - April 4, 2017
So beautiful and freeing. A piece I will mention to others.
Susan Dashiell at 10:50am EDT - April 6, 2017
Well done! Pleasure to read. Perfect economy of words.
Gershon Ben-Avraham at 10:14am EDT - May 11, 2017
The world, its men and its women need more, much more, of this. Beautiful. And your husband's comment, above, had me in happy tears. Yay love!
Britton Minor at 11:55am EDT - July 3, 2017
Lovely! And a great use of second person, which I always love to see. :-)
Meriah at 7:27pm EDT - August 9, 2017
Jules at 4:43pm EDT - August 1, 2018
You poignantly and graphically depict self-awareness and self-acceptance. Beautifully done!
MaryJo Comins at 5:20pm EDT - August 1, 2018

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