A Magical Day

All glorious is the princess within her chamber;
her gown is interwoven with gold.
~Psalm 45:13
 It started out as an ordinary day. It was supposed to be one of those “productive me” days. The kind you know needs to happen because, it’s that time of year again. The word vacation has less power over me as the last few weeks of Summer have been squeezed slowly out of my planner pages. That next month (September) keeps appearing as I plan the days ahead and all that needs to be done by D-Day (1st day of school). So with all this in my mind, of course I had my TO DOs for today completely mapped out. After all, I am, if nothing else, obsessively, compulsively organized. In a most disorganized way. At least on paper I look pretty organized, thanks to my Planner. But somehow paper planning and reality have a way of missing each other and leaving me miffed in the midst of it all. Today that was a beautiful gift. Today, my planner had not accounted for the magical day that would unfold, to my wonder and joy.
“Mom, will you please let me see your wedding dress?” pleaded my daughter as she looked at me with what I call her Junior Mint eyes. Um, I am thinking…not in the plan…warning, warning. I flashback to Robot in “Lost In Space” (doesn’t take much for me). She has become a fan of the program “Say Yes To The Dress” and she wanted to see how mine measured up. Until today it has been hanging in our garage. It has been in the zipped tight gown bag since our honeymoon. Today that gown emerged and made our mundane day a very magical one, indeed! Of course she wanted to try it on. The excitement and pure glee my daughter displayed as she posed, primped, giggled and posed some more were absolutely priceless. It is amazing to me how a wedding gown makes every girl feel beautiful, precious and royal. Like a princess. Special. Prized.
Princess Katherine Grace
Even if she is all or any of those things…there is something intoxicating, wonderful and heady about a wedding dress. It has a power to make the one wearing FEEL embraced by beauty.
When I text-ed the pics to my hub, he almost had a stroke! But my girl and I had a million laughs as our afternoon became magical.
The day got more interesting later when my mom returned home and wanted to know why my dress was hanging in the hall. After looking at the pictures we had taken, she mentioned her gown and I immediately
(me being the Keeper of the Photos) retrieved her wedding photos to show Katherine.

Mom poses with her Wedding Gown photos

You know, we never did make it out for all the errands. But what my planner can’t show, my heart does reveal. It is well with my soul. Today I had a plan. I had my To Do Lists written. But today instead of my plans I received a better thing. A beautiful gift. A magical day…and for that I am thankful.


The Dress on the Big Day!

We topped our magical day off with an appropriate movie
 tonight: Cinderella! It was just the way that we rolled!
On my scale of great Mother/Daughter days,
this one will go down as memorable!
The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your Lord.
~Psalm 45:11

Published by enthusiasticallydawn

Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at dawn.paoletta@gmail.com

4 thoughts on “A Magical Day

  1. how fun! I know that feeling all too well, where the kids want to do something that I hadn't planned on. Good for you for giving in every once in a while!


  2. I love that you dropped your plans and took the opportunity to spend such a magical day with your daughter. She's lucky to have you! 🙂 We're lucky to have you in the High Calling network, too. Thanks for joining us; we look forward to getting to know you better.


  3. Oh my goodness! I just found you and this post just oozes with sweetness. You are one cool Mom to let your daughter put on your dress, love it!…and a bit jealous as I have two sons, but granddaughters will come our way someday I'm sure. new to your blog, like it a lot!


  4. This sounds like it was a great day! I am saddened that my daughter will never be able to do the same. I do not allow myself to keep anything sentimental.


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