I’m gonna be real with you guys: when I threw this outfit together, I had a post about borrowing from ballet all written in my head. But a time crunch forced a change in scenery, and I suddenly found myself shooting on my old elementary school’s playground. It’s been a long time since I last ran through these mulch chips and it struck me how everything seemed so much smaller than I remembered. The once behemoth slide that a pack of juvenile delinquents would try and burn down every summer was suddenly a tight squeeze. The monkey bars that I used to hang helplessly from as my hands calloused were suddenly easily within reach (UPDATE: Still can’t do monkey bars. My arms may be longer, but they sure ain’t stronger). And the enormous asphalt kickball field? Well, it’s still enormous because walking anywhere in heels takes FOREVER. Wandering around these old stomping/running/velociraptor-ing (my friends and I spent many a recess playing Land Before Time #OnceADinosaur #AlwaysADinosaur) grounds got me thinking about how much has changed since the days when my greatest woe was missing nacho day in the cafeteria (ok, let’s be real: that’s still my major malfunction in life), and one phrase kept replaying in my head:
You can always go home, but you won’t always fit through the door.
Adulthood and childhood aren’t as distant as we like to imagine they are- they each have their own responsibilities, restrictions, and freedoms (with the idea of ice cream for dinner being an obvious tally in the pro column for adulthood). And it doesn’t matter how far away from the playground you get because there are still bullies and jerks in real life (I mean, I know I’ve seen more than enough election coverage to know this to be true). But on those days when the world seems too big and you feel insignificant, it’s nice to be able to look around and realize that it once was much bigger and you’ve grown more than you know.
Leather hair bow: H&M (in stores, not online)
Sunglasses: Charming Charlie
Crown ring: Forever 21