I’d wear this dress to an outdoor market in the old world. I’d wear my hair in a chignon and smell dusty, ripe tomatoes. A dark-haired man with nicotine-stained fingers would gaze at me over his coffee. By midnight we’d be dancing to the music of one saxophone under a streetlamp and in the fog.

Gorgeous light violet vintage slip dress by CAMEO from SallyJenn

Gorgeous light violet vintage slip dress by CAMEO from SallyJenn

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Vintage blue dress with flutter sleeves from Jenness87

Vintage blue dress with flutter sleeves from Jenness87

I’d walk into the orphanage wearing this dress.  The walls would be bare and institutional white.  The floors would be hardwood and shining; rows of cots would line each wall and there, sitting on her bed and besmudged with marker ink, there would be my new daughter.  My ten year old lovely one, the one with her hair in two braids, she’d smile at me, recognizing instantly that I would be beautiful and kind, and that afternoon we’d go boating on the lake behind my house.