This afternoon I'm off to the ACT Festival weekend in Winkler.
"ACT" is the Association of Community Theatre in Manitoba. Groups from all around the province gather annually to perform short plays, to be critiqued and workshopped with professionals, and to enjoy one another's company. This year's theme, given the proximity to Mother's Day, is "Mother of All ACT Festivals."
At the Saturday night banquet and dance, you're supposed to wear something your mother gave you. Hopefully no one shows up in their birthday suit.
I'll be wearing a red dress.
In 2005, when my mother was wintering in Texas, she picked up two pretty dresses for me at a place called The Dress Barn. Twenty-five bucks each. She knew I'd be needing dresses since we had two weddings and a graduation, each of our three kids vying for who could be in the spotlight that year or something. Mom wouldn't have been offended if I hadn't liked the dresses, but I did. I wore the red one to Nate's wedding and the black printed one to both Reuben's grad and Mindy's wedding. This is either a testament to my mother's good taste or to my lack thereof. I like to think it's the former.
So this dress works for the festival banquet on so many levels: it's a gift from my mother AND it's my mother-of-the-groom dress. Oh, and one more detail: I'll be wearing it on my son and daughter-in-law's anniversary. Six years to the day. Happy Anniversary, kids!