I had forgotten about the 6-year-old's wedding clothes. Too bad his seersucker trousers were suddenly 2 inches too short.
He's outgrown the age of linen short pants, yet he's still too young for a mini man suit. Nevermind affordable--what would be appropriate for a tropical wedding?
A little free advice never hurt.
After a Mother's Day lunch at Panera, we dusted off the crumbs and headed into the land of gleaming brass stair rails and crisply folded shirts.
The Brooks Brothers salesman suggested white linen trousers, polo shirt, and the classic navy blazer. (See catalog image at right.)
So we gamely tried on the blazer. $189, but oh, how it fit. My heart swelled. My little boy, now a young man!
All the way home I prayed about the best way to get that Brooks Brothers jacket. Should I head straight to Goodwill, or log on to Ebay? Should I break down and buy it new?
I felt a tugging in the back of my mind. Hadn't I bought a navy blazer at the church rummage sale last year? But surely it was a size 10 or 12; in November, it had hung off his shoulders like a scarecrow.
I pulled down the box at the tiptop of the closet. There at the bottom was the very same size 8, Brooks Brothers blazer that we had tried in the store.
No one in the house could understand why I was crying.