The Sweater theory for life

Over the holidays, I went to visit my parents. Mother made a spur of the moment decision to get rid of some clothes she had hung up in the guess room, the room I have taken over as my own for the time being. I watch her pull down each piece of clothing from off their hanger, examined them, told a story about each and then place them in a bag for good-will. As she was throwing them down, I was picking them up and reexamining them. I was making my own pile. I thought of people who would like to wear them, and others I imagined occassions that I could wear myself. If the clothes didn’t fit in my categories, I returned them to my mother’s pile.

Suddenly I bumped into a very large quilted sweater; the one grandparents love to wear. I re-examined the sweater, tried it on, peruse in the mirror, and made a statement, “Mom, I really like this sweater.”

The following day I was wearing the sweater and it was the warmest, most comfortable clothing I had ever worn. When my family was going out that evening, I dressed the sweater with a scarf. Mother asked, “Aren’t you gonna change?”

It was hard to remove something that was so comforable. When it was time to return to my own home, I wore the sweater. A few days ago, I had on the same sweater while out to a friend’s birthday party, and I received compliments. “It suits you.” I have worn the sweater to classes and especially on days when I am lounging around in my apartment.

This sweater is receiving far more compliments that I had anticipated when stealing it out of the good-will pile. Is that how life is sometimes? The best things are free. The things we like most are invaluable.

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Shauna-Kay Cassell

I was born in Jamaica and have been residing in Canada for over 20 years. I graduated with Honours Bachelor of Arts degree at University of Toronto, a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration at Seneca College, and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of the West Indies, Mona. I've worked for the former Ministry of Children ad Youth Services (now the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services). Now I'm a Court and Client Representative for the Ministry of the Attorney General. In my spare time, I write press releases, blogs, and news articles for different organizations, including my own website. I write about experiences about travelling, social justice issues, relationship and spirituality. Visit me at

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