Think of an item of clothing from your childhood, and write a story inspired by that.
Posted in Nonfiction on Oct 25, 2022
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✍️ 29 stories
“Angel In Disguise” by Michael Jefferson
One of the most daunting tasks I faced when my mother died in 2020 was emptying the family home of more than 50 years of memories. While tossing aside, books, tools, and broken exercise equipment like a deadly scythe, I came across the remnants of my Tin Man outfit from the early seventies. I was immediately transported back to when I was eighteen, had a full head of hair, weighed ei...
“ "My coat of many colors".” by Fortunatus Eze
CW: Mention of death.To nobody specifically:Ok! ok! ok!Enough of this...She calls it all fashionAnd I call it a clowns costume.I think I will need some audiences to judge this case.Question: What's that one thing you had rather prefer to choose all by yourself as a little kid ( say yours )?Answer: For me.. it was my clothings.I believe a majority will agree wi...
“Buster Browns” by ELIZABETH ESCAMILLA
BUSTER BROWNS I could remember as a little girl, I was always intrigued with some of my classmate's shoes. Coming from an immigrant background, I grew up with scarcity as my everyday fashion snag. As I took my mind to Karl Clemens Elementary, the bell rang and I made my way to our assigned desks. I always lifted my desktop to make sure my pencil and eraser were still there where I left the...
“Lost in the Renaissance” by Alena Richards
Every year, the dress would appear on her bed one afternoon. She was at the age when she measured time in seasons and school days, so she was never sure exactly when this would happen. But she knew it was always after school started and before the weather cooled and the leaves turned red and gold. She’d been waiting all summer for it. Finally, she came home from school one afternoon to find the dress laying on her bed. It was sheer and dusty pink, with frills at the bottom and long flowy sleeves. A deeper pink velvet vest went...
“The Crimson Sweater ” by Rheee O.
I remember the first time I’d seen the once beautiful, crimson sweater. It was when I attended my mother’s funeral, at the ripe age of 11 and a half years old possessing feelings of dejection. I didn’t completely understand the weight of the situation me and my siblings were placed in because my mother died, nor did I know what would happen to us next. However, I do remember the obituaries that were given...
“A turtleneck and A Lifetime of Firsts” by Blaire Miracle
There are so many firsts we experience throughout our lives. Straight out of the womb, I had my first first; I was my parent’s first baby, I was a first grandchild, a first cousin and I was the First born, of four girls. As the first born, my clothes became “hand me downs” for my little sisters. My clothes were mostly “hand me downs” from my older cousins. As a toddler, I had this rainbow turtleneck that I practically lived in. I refused to pass it to my sisters, and even when it became too small, I would wear it like a bikini top. My rai...
“Old Red Rag” by Natalie Schumacher
“Lets go Nat’” Dad shouts before walking out the door. I scream, “I’m coming!” I hear the door shut behind him. Crap. I throw on his old high school swim jacket. It smells like chlorine, has three holes, is a really worn out red color, and a bunch of swim patches from all the meets he’s been too. It’s my favorite jacket. I wear it to swim practice almost everyday. I run out to the car with one flipflop on and th...
“That's Not My Belt” by Tom Davis
“Hey Billy, wanna play kickball with us?” a boy in his class asked him at recess. “Nah that’s ok. You play without me. I’ll just sit and watch,” Billy said as he looked down toward the ground. “Come on Billy we need another player to even the teams,” Billy agreed to not make any trouble for himself and took the field. The pitcher looked around the field to ...
“Appropriately Dressed ” by Sandra Russo
No one ever snapped my bra. Which came as no surprise to me or my 40 C's. I didn't date. No one paid me compliments. My mother frequently told me I was ugly. I had to hide under oversized clothes. Baggy and resembling elephant skin. Grey, taupe, beige and any other dull color was required to hide my ugliness so that I wasn't vain and distracting. One day, I was riding in the passenger seat of the family car li...
“The Last Good Day” by Alan Kerr
Daylight seeped under the door and into the closet. Teddy blocked out as much as he could with loose clothing, but some light still got through. He could still see some but not enough to not need his Batman flashlight. After stuffing a couple of socks at the hinges he clicked on the flashlight which he had taken offhis Batman utility belt, the utility belt that Kim Chambers from down the street had caught him wearing at the park one day. He was embarrassed enough by her finding him in a cape and Bat...
“A Good Week” by Lucas Wilhelm
Jaxon was odd. He liked that. Some people even would call him crazy. He liked that too. His name was odd too, though he didn't like that. He hated his name because he thought of it as the only part of oneself that one has no control over. His mother had said that she had been drunk when she had named him. Jaxon knew that was a lie. His mother had never been drunk in her life. She had never experienced the wild, confusin...
“The Prescription Sunglasses with the Strap at the Back” by Evan Babbs
Stephen loved the semi-colon. Stephen knew that this love was irrational yet in his heart he knew it to be true and he could not have it any other way. Stephen walked from his English class into the halls and felt cramped. He could do anything; he was big and held potential and in him ebbed and flowed the feeling that he could accomplish great things. He felt wide-shouldered and imposing, not with physical prowess, but w...
“Butterfly Love” by Virginia Coleman
Dear mom, I know it is a parent's instinct to turn all their child's flaws into loveable traits. But after washing and mending my overalls for the 5th time that week you had to finally admit, I was troublesome. The beautiful Saturday afternoon sun was filtering through the tree behind our house into my bedroom. I hated being grounded. It wasn't even my fault! Those boys had paid me five bucks to climb that ...
“The Mink Stole” by Bettina Karpathian
Laura and Nikki bounded ahead of me, rhapsodizing about the racks of used clothes. I followed, trying to hide my irritation. Had I not worked like mad for years so that she didn’t have to shop at places like this? Buying brand new clothes had been my dream throughout a childhood of wearing hand-me-downs and thrift shop purchases. Now my would-be fashion designer daughter thinks it’s cool to shop in these places.“Mom, the planet is being overwhelmed by the cheap fashion industry. Think of all those poor women slaving in sweat shops ...
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