You guys, sometimes I get to put on big girl pants and go out with other adults. “I don’t always go out, but when I do…” (Go ahead and fill in the blank for yourself. I’ve already come up with “I get to pee alone.” or “I feed myself.”) So I was excited when Charles River Apparel recently asked me to attend an event they were sponsoring at the House of Blues in Boston. Big girl pants – check. Babysitter – check. Wine on the boat ride in – Check. (Yes I said it – WINE on the BOAT ride in. Hubby you may NEVER complain about your work commute again – I’m on to you Bucko.)
When I walked into the venue I realized it used to be my old stomping ground at Boston University, Avalon. The memories came rushing back: pounding trance music, lime green jello shots, crop tops, lollipops and pleather pants. (Um, why do we let our kids go to college?) It made me feel nostalgic and ancient. But when I walked down the hall into the massive dance area and saw what a cool event Charles River Apparel had helped put on, I reminded myself that big girls can still have fun. All I’ve done is substitute good red wine (and an occasional top-shelf tequila) for jello shots and modest shirts that hide my post-baby gut for crop tops. (Yes I know I have an 18th month old. It’s still technically post-baby.) An amazing Bob-Marley inspired band was playing on the stage with mini food stations all along the perimeter featuring some of the best restaurants in Boston. I ate and drank my face off and throughly enjoyed some adult conversation while doing it. I also learned a lot about why we were there –
The event was the Friend’s of Boston’s Homeless’ 28th Annual Beyond Shelter Gala. They support innovative, solution-orientated programs to end homelessness by helping individuals move beyond just Shelter into dignified permanent housing. It was inspiring to hear the success of the once-homeless and I loved the particular story about Charles River outfitting more than 700 homeless people after being evacuated from a Long Island shelter with $25,000 worth of outerwear, sweatshirts, polo shirts and other clothes.
When I got home I kissed the kids on their foreheads and tucked them in extra tight. I felt thankful for something we all take for granted – a roof over our heads. Thank you, Charles River and Friends of Boston for making the world a little better place…
These are my big girl pants. Yes that’s a tequila stain on my shirt. Carry on.
Seeing this stage reminded me of the time I saw Hootie and The Blowfish back when they were called that. I muscled my way up to the front of the audience and smiled at Darius. He winked back at me. Then a lady 15 times my size elbowed me in the rib cage and shouted “Hootie’s MY man bitch!”
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