|Dress, Sweater, & Bag: thrifted Boots: Target Necklace: c/o Oasap|
I had an interesting moment happen to me while wearing this outfit. I'd thrown this on for a chilly yet sunny day of errands and thrift shopping. While browsing the book section of my favorite thrift store, an elderly gentleman struck up a conversation with me.
"Find any good books?" he inquired.
"A few," I smiled politely at him.
"Ah yes, they're around here. Its amazing to compare old things to new things, huh?"
At this point in the conversation, I was being polite yet frigid. You know how you get when something strange is occuring and you don't know how to react? That was me. He kept talking to me and all I wanted to do was get away and continue on with what I was doing.
"Come here, let me show you something," he motioned me over. I stalled a bit, perplexed, until he pointed out an object being kept in the glass case he was standing next to.
"See that? That's an antique right there. This is what they used to have for entertainment. They'd slide a picture into those slots and then move that handle forward and backward, and through the eye piece you'd see your picture move. It was like magic to them!"
That was when I finally opened up to what this old man was sharing with me. As we continued talking, I was amazed to find out what he knew about historical items. He was a regular thrifter and had found quite a few gems. He told me he'd found an old recording of a farmer boy telling his family not to worry about him while he was away at war and that he was being fed well. Can you imagine hearing something from the past like that?
Finally, he shared with me a motto he'd come up with; he pulled out a penny and said, "These days, people need to learn to keep their cents/sense."
That made me laugh, and he seemed pleased that I got it so quickly.
With a grandfatherly smile, he pressed the penny into my palm. "Here, have it. You be careful now!"
It was such a random yet special moment. I'm so glad I decided to take the time to listen to what he had to say.
Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.