It Is What It Is, Until It Isn’t


She received a gorgeous slip for her 16th birthday and learned women wore slips inside and under outer clothing to smooth the look of the outer clothes.

She thought that it was much too beautiful for her to wear, so it slept for 52 years in a bottom drawer until yesterday. It awakened fully on the hips of this 78 year old woman. 

The woman twirled and glided across the floor wearing the slip among other tidbits of clothing, creating a miraculous change in thinking. 

It is a dried up old slip saved for half a century and revered as a treasure. Today was the debut of the slip. It was just a rolled up forgotten rag and today it has become a center of interest, therapist, and a way to change and reposition the tales told, therefore a way to change the flow of thoughts. 

Once upon a time this slip was too elegant for the receiver and today it has turned the tide in such a positive direction. The receiver of the gift, so long ago, has carried it into the present as a positive boast upward into self-acceptance.

So now once again it is what it is, until it isn’t.


14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carly R Marshall
    Jun 02, 2018 @ 16:32:21

    I love this! So happy you wore it! What an interesting take on the “it is what it is” quote too! I love you!!


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Jun 03, 2018 @ 11:31:47

      Your reply on my first post in almost a year made me sing and dance around the room. You are still # 1 every where you go and everything you do.! Hearts and Flowers! for you!


  2. etty10
    Jun 03, 2018 @ 01:02:46

    Sometimes we keep something for special occasions and we think its too pretty or too fancy and then its too late to enjoy it… My philosophy is TO ENJOY THINGS. Don’t keep your best China for special day. Today is this special day. Don’t keep your beautiful lace slip for one day – today is the day to wear and enjoy it…
    Thank you once again for a beautiful story and to make me realize once again: today is the day to ENJOY it!


  3. Sheila Clapkin
    Jun 03, 2018 @ 11:34:12

    Dear etty10,
    Your philosophy is hopefully shared by many and many more after sharing on this bog. Your blog is full of interesting perceptions you have shared Take a look!! Thank YOU!


  4. Mona Gustafson Affinito
    Jun 03, 2018 @ 14:20:58

    This is so happily beautiful. (And one of these days my daughter will inherit the two embroidered pillowcases my Aunt Gerda made for my mother’s hope chest before her wedding in 1917. Not really danceable.)


  5. Sheryl
    Jun 03, 2018 @ 19:46:37

    I absolutely love this. It’s so wonderful that you wore this gift from long ago and carried it into the present. I have too many gifts that I’ve received across the years tucked away in drawers and closets that I’ve never used because I was saving them for a special occasion. This post motivates we to pull them out and enjoy them .


    Jun 08, 2018 @ 16:36:24

    Beautiful!! never to thought of what to do with all my left over lace, I ned to find a beautiful “old” lady to share it with, Love, Reene


  7. Bill Kornbluh
    Jun 11, 2018 @ 15:26:38

    Sheila: congratulations on being able to ‘slip’ into something after so many years. Not many could fit into their old clothes whether worn or not. Bill

    On Sat, Jun 2, 2018 at 4:28 PM Sheilaclapkin’s Blog wrote:

    > Sheila Clapkin posted: ” She received a gorgeous slip for her 16th > birthday and learned women wore slips inside and under outer clothing to > smooth the look of the outer clothes. She thought that it was much too > beautiful for her to wear, so it slept for 52 years in a bottom draw” >


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Jun 14, 2018 @ 13:47:52

      You are so clever.I appreciate hearing from you and THANK YOU for reading and commenting on my blog. The older we get there harder it is to keep up the work load we held before….


  8. Ellen Slavett
    Jun 15, 2018 @ 10:30:02

    What beautiful thoughts and how meaningful they are! Reading them this morning has given me much to ponder and made my day! Thank you my talented friend. Love you


  9. Margie Kramer
    Jun 17, 2018 @ 20:11:07

    You write so beautifully. Love it….


  10. josielevymartin
    Jul 02, 2018 @ 12:36:22

    This is universal, the impulse to “save” for the rainier day. I did this with a nightgown given me for my confirmation. Of course I would save it for my wedding night… HA, my Aunt Ruth said, “don’t bother with a fancy night gown, it will only end up in a heap on the floor.
    But I brought out of it’s original Buffums wrappings and of course it was so out of style by then, I would have looked like a short imitation of Kathryn Hepburn in it.
    It was a lesson!


  11. Sheila Clapkin
    Jul 05, 2018 @ 19:34:38

    Thank you for your reply…you are so talented. I hope you personally see yourself as an elegant writer and understanding the world with kindness and an all knowing spirit. Bless you


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