This morning, through dawn light, sitting in the stillness of my early hour house, eyes yet to focus, I glance along the edging of my soft blue pajamas and I feel a smile creeping now. Sleepy smile, I feel it spread about my heart and down into my bones. The fade of pajamas blue hover about me all the day, and I whisper good things under my breath. Hope that this newest pair of already faded pajamas will become faded, no, just straight ratty. That they will grow very old until they are ribbons of happy nothing.
Crisp new pajamas. I’ve grown to not like them much. They come to me to be placed in suitcase packed for a hospital every time. Some of the hospital visits are beautiful. Baby boy brought home, precious and perfect. Pajamas that didn’t fit me before, and body too much a mess to wear after. That pair stayed nice for years. To the hospital for another baby, this time, a perfect tiny daughter. I’d not remembered to think of pajamas for me. She had arrived before I’d expected, a month early. Hadn’t packed a thing. Other than things for her. Her cotton pink footie-pajamas were washed, folded, held close against my cheek, folded again. Ready months before. My friend had thought of me when I had forgotten. She brought to the hospital a lovely nightgown of soft pink and white, smocked and pleated, buttons down front. I loved that nightgown. I wore it year after year. Don’t remember whatever became of it. I’m guessing it was loved into shreds and threads as I rocked and fed, made a lap for two babies, a lap for reading and holding and spit up and …. Another baby years later. And another. Pajamas packed and used until they were no more.
As of late, pajamas for the suitcase bound for harder hospital stays. Visits of cuts and drains, blood draws, parts removed, another cancer, another procedure, another and another.
No thank you.
I want to see how long the fade will keep on fading.
Will the blue of light seem more white than blue? I’m hoping so. I could buy new ones for no particular reason. And then I wouldn’t be needing another special book for my son on how to build something from nothing. I wouldn’t be needing running shoes for me, or another hydrangea for my gardener girl, wouldn’t need to save for a night out with my best friend. I’d be too cut off from life to be buying sheet of music to practice with my girls. I’d be winding down to dead, and I don’t want that.
I really love how faded these pajamas have gotten. Their worn down look speaks to how long it’s been since I’ve made a visit to the chopping block. Long enough to make new fabric old. Long enough to grow some strength on the legs that wear these pajama pants. Fabric fades faster than it use to, I think. Or my machine has more gusto than it use to. In any case, time has passed without another reason for new pajamas, and I’m hoping my healthy full life thins them down to nothing at all. I’m hoping.