St. Patrick’s Day has passed and in my sense of the changing of the seasons, that holiday drags away winter with it. Although in the North, winter passes with a kicking and a screaming, I always begin my spring countdown after March 17. By then, the stores are selling Easter decorations, and all of the mannequins are donned in linens, all kinds of cotton, pastels, and whites. During spring break, I am returning to vacation in my Southern homeland, and I bought some new spring clothes for the trip. Among other things, I bought some linen tops, and I bought a pair of white jeans. I was going to a party yesterday, and I wanted to wear my new white jeans, but I heard the distant voices of the Fashion Cops telling me that it was too early to wear white. I grew up with the fashion rule:
You can’t wear white until after Memorial Day.
Memorial Day? That is still months away. I began to wonder if I was remembering wrong. I Googled the question:
When is it acceptable to begin wearing white?
Google says that most of the world does not care when I might wear my new white jeans, but Google also says that among the GRITS [Girls Raised in the South], there remains the ancient fashion code:
You Can’t Wear White Until Memorial Day
A Bowls of Grits – Grits are a breakfast staple in the South
I reasoned: if I were going to spring vacation in the North, I might get away with wearing my new, white jeans now, but since I am going to Dixie for my spring holiday, I should leave my white jeans at home. Fortunately, I am taking another trip in June, I’ll wear all of my whites then.
“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Consider the Lily – Jacki Kellum Watercolor
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin. Matthew 6: 28 – Two verses earlier at Matthew 6:26 Jesus told his followers not to worry about food because even the birds are provided for by God.
There is something about patience that is tied up with our levels of faith–in our beliefs that our needs will be provided, in God’s time:
“A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen
This morning, I am hanging my new, white jeans in my closet and I am putting on my cozy flannels to wear a few weeks more. Where I live, it is still cold outside, but as sure as it is Sunday, I know that warm weather and whites are just weeks away.