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Good-bye lime-green jacket and pink polka-dot skirt. Good-bye.



It is time to say good-bye. It is time to say good-bye to my lime-green jacket and my pink polka-dot skirt. Why you ask? It is a long story. But.

The story has a happy ending.

Once upon a time. There lived a woman. She only shopped on the sale racks. The color she really wanted was full-price. She walked to the back of the store at the end of the season and bought the lime-green jacket that was on sale.  She didn’t like the color. She preferred darker colors. But. The jacket was on sale, it was her size and her friends kept telling her to wear brighter colors.

Once upon a time the woman went shopping for a skirt. She only shopped on the sale racks. The color she really wanted was full-price. She walked to the back of the store at the end of the season and bought the pink polka-dot skirt that was on sale. She didn’t like the color. She preferred darker colors. But. The skirt was on sale, it was her size and her friends kept telling her to wear brighter colors.

Once upon a time the woman had a birthday. All of the candles on her cake could not be lit without the first candles melting into the icing. She realized that her life was melting into everyone else’s expectation of who she was supposed to be.  She was melting into a lime-green, pink polka-dotted person with a pink ribbon at her waist.

Once upon a time the woman went into her closet and bagged up all of the clothes that were not her. They were bought for someone else. Someone who likes to wear lime-green and polka-dots.

Once upon a time the woman went shopping on her birthday. She walked past the yellow and red and orange down jackets from last season that were on the sale rack and she walked to a full-price rack  and bought a black down jacket from this season at full price.  She would no longer wear the colors that were on sale. She would no longer buy whatever was left over from last season as long as it was her size. Buying bright colors because her friends said she should wear bright colors.

Once upon a time the woman decided she was worth full price. She didn’t have to only shop on the clearance racks.

Once upon  a time the woman decided she would be herself.  She would wear black. She didn’t have to listen to her friends.

For the rest of the woman’s  life she would be herself.

One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.
― Shannon L. Alder

Be who you are. You are worth full-price.


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About Pamela Hodges

I write slice of life stories to help you know you are loved, valuable and worthy just as you are. I am a writer, an artist, and a cleaner of seven litter boxes. I live in Pennsylvania with one husband, four cats, one dog and two birds.

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  • Teresa Richardson

    I will buy from a sales rack, but only if I see something that I will look good in. I have an olive green dress that I bought several years ago. It was on sale, but there was none in my size in that color. They had burnt orange and black, but no olive green, so I got the store to call to another store close by that had the olive green dress in my size. I went to the other store and got “my dress”

    • Teresa,
      You are very wise. And a very diligent shopper to hunt down the dress you wanted in your size and in your color.
      You have set a good example. Thank you for sharing.

  • Shari

    I went to my 40th high school reunion this past June. At past reunions I had worn shoes that were not comfortable, dresses that were stylish bought just for that occasion, and anything else I thought would make a good impression. This time I knew I wanted to wear capris. Capris are what I feel like me in. I chose some bright red Capri pants, with a cute top with sleeves( I don’t like sleeveless) some really cute black sandals and some red dangly earrings. I felt so comfortable because I was dressed like me. I never stopped talking the whole time! I agree we have to choose what we know is really us. I am drawn to the clearance rack as well, but we are worth full price every now and then!

    • Hello Shari,
      You must have looked smashing in your bright red Capri pants. Feeling comfortable is always the best way to go. At my twenty-fifth high school reunion I word a fitted dress and high heels and did not feel comfortable.
      Maybe at my 40th high school reunion in 2016 I will wear my favorite shoes, a pair of Converse High-tops. Well, and jeans and a t-shirt.
      We are worth full-price, but a sale on our favorite clothes is always fun too.

  • La McCoy

    I like the look of the outfit. But you sure do not need to wear it if you don’t like it. I do so completely understand buying on sale.

    • Hello Laura,
      I have worn the jacket, but I felt like a green tomato in it. The skirt I have never worn. The tag is still on it.
      And now they are in a bag to be donated.

  • I tend to think that’s who we become when raising a family. There are always other needs that seem to outweigh our own. Overtime, we get lost in the shuffle. Sometimes, we just need to let our rebellious self to have its own way.

    • Hello Shelley,
      Shopping on sale racks helped put clothes on my children, my husband and me. Full price was a luxury.
      But somewhere in all of that, I began to believe the lie that I wasn’t worth full-price. I bought the orange shoes from last season, and the lime-green t-shirts discounted because the color didn’t sell.
      May we always be who we are. Children grow up and then we look in the mirror and wonder who is looking back.

  • Anita Ferreri

    Your message here is profound. It also makes me want to go upstairs and bag up the pink flower skirt (bought on sales) and the light blue wrap shirt (too tight) and all the other bargains that are not me. I love a blank palate – black or brown – and a bit of accent. Like you, I need to be me!

    • Hello Anita,
      Oh, I would love to see a picture of your pink flower skirt or the light blue wrap skirt. Isn’t it funny how a colorful bargain can find its way into our closets, but what we truly love, the blacks and browns stay on the racks.
      Yes, please Anita. Be you. Can you imagine how rich your life could be if you were truly yourself. No comparing, no wearing pink floral skirts. Just beautiful rich deep blacks and browns. And tomorrow you can wake up and be Anita. Isn’t that cool?

  • Love it! Thank you for reminding us that we are worth being ourselves, worth having our own opinions and preferences, and yes, worth full-price!

    • Hello Kim,
      Yes, you are worth being yourself, and worth full-price. I hope you spent your weekend being Kim.

  • Winnie Marylou Moyer

    Wow!! I love this!! I’m glad you bought the black down jacket not on sale, but I do love your pink polka dot skirt, I am the girl who buys the bright colors, but NEVER if it’s not on sale…in January I will come home for a few weeks, and I will try to buy more things that are full price because you are right, I am worth full price!

    • Hello Dear Winnie,
      You are a bright colored smile with bold socks in different patterns. You are valuable and worth full-price. Hopefully this January we can meet for breakfast. Sending you hugs to China.

  • jane williams

    You are my favorite writer. Just saying.

    Honest. Brave. Simple and Funny.Heavy and Light … like the best cheesecake ever.

    Thank you Pamela Hodges.

    • Hello Jane Williams,
      Your comment is like a cool glass of water in the middle of a desert. Thank you Jane.
      And I do love cheesecake.

  • Berdeane Bodley

    I love that lady who bought that lime green jacket & I agree with her totally, she deserves to buy what she really wants not what others think she should have. Go for it girl. I love it you bought the black vest you wanted all along. Sometimes buying something because it’s on sale, then one never wears it, was a big waste of money to be sure. Others can’t tell you what you “should” wear, only you know what you look good in (feel good in). Did you notice the “should” word there?? xxooxx

    • Hi Mom,
      Yes, we need to be who we are.
      And you mother are wonderful.
      Love you daughter.

  • Pat Meyers

    I love this as well. Great message, great heart. And I really like that lime green jacket. I just have to remember that I am worth buy what I like (lime green) at full price.

    • Hello Pat.
      Thank you muchly and more.
      Yes, you are worth full-price. (smile)

  • Kaye

    I love this, Pamela! I love the story and I love how you tell it. I also love the lesson that I so desperately need to hear today. This week. Thanks!

    • Hi Kaye,
      I am happy my story was what you needed to hear. Yes, be who you are. You are worth full-price.