Following the same routine as with Williams clothes, I dumped all of Hannah's drawers onto the living room floor. Starting with off season clothes (which for us is now winter) I started sorting out what was too small or too stained to keep. I was doing great making lots of decisions left and right. But then I came to her first set of horse back riding show clothes.
|One last shot before they move to their new home.|
Sized 8, and much too small, I should have tossed them right into the discard bag with a quick thank you-but I couldn't! Crazy as it seems, I just couldn't discard them to some unknown stranger at the Salvation Army. Hannah won her first blue ribbon for adaptive horseback riding in these clothes. They hold a lot of precious memories to me. Now I don't know if Hannah feels the same way about them; for all I know she could despise them! But I do know that she always sat a little taller in her chair (and on her horse) when she was wearing them. So these clothes needed to go to a good home where I knew that some other little girl would get good use from them. I set the riding clothes aside to continue on with the rest of Hannah's clothes.
|Blue ribbon show day for my girl and her helpers!|
Later in the day I contacted a family who has a little girl a few years younger than Hannah. This little girl is also an adaptive rider and just starting out, so I figured they might want the show clothes. The little girls mother was more than enthusiastic to receive Hannah's show clothes and I felt like I could truly let them go on to their new good home.
The rest of the piles went along easily and in the end I was able to pull out one more trash bag of discarded clothing. Bringing the total discarded bags to 8!