In the midst of block for The 70273 Project, a box lands
with a return address from Mary Ellington.
It is filled not with blocks,
but with baby dresses
and baby bonnets
and a special occasion baby’s bib.
There are two adult garments
that motivate me to stick to my diet and exercise
so that i can wear them as dusters one day soon.
“i know you’ll do something magical with them,”
her note says.
i have no image in mind yet,
but the tender clothes
already whisper to me
and oh the stories
their vulnerable lace
and age-old stains
long to tell.
Thank you, Mary, for honoring me
with these special, delicate items,
for trusting me
to hear, transcribe, and share
Maybe you want to hear their stories
and watch as their personal histories unfold?
And maybe you want to keep your finger on the pulse
of The 70273 Project?
Here’s one way to do just that.
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