WP DAILY PROMPT 7/8/2013:
The July 8, 2013 wordPress daily prompt is If the world worked on the barter system, how would you fare? Would you have services to barter? Would you be successful, or would you struggle?
Tracy was a cute, petite young woman who sifted through racks of clothing in stores only to find nothing that fit her proportions.
I understood her dilemma. At her age I was probably a size 4 or 5, but stood 5 foot 5 inches. At that time, clothes for that height began at size 7. My outfits bagged on me, sometimes producing the effect of a careless dresser, which I was forced to be.
Through the years before I met Tracy I had developed skill in making difficult outfits—dresses and winter coats; men’s suits, Hallowe’en costumes; professional clown outfits; infant and children’s clothing,
Tracy was aware of my skill and we agreed I would make her dress for her graduate school music recital. She chose difficult fabrics to work with: gold lame and black lace. As you can see by the photograph it turned out pretty nice.
Not long after that I was honored to make Tracy’s wedding gown.
Wardrobe pieces were just one thing I sewed. In my business in Atlanta, Georgia, I was game to make anything, and did—a quilt for a young boy with a merry-go-round appliqué; 30 or so stuffed unicorns for a young lady’s bat mitzvah, a complete nursery set, decorative fabric wall hangings, aprons.
Since then I’ve become a paraprofessional photographer and writer. In photography and have captured weddings, family reunions, senior pictures. My writing is a useful tool in assisting others to develop their stories.
I’ve also learned a great deal about doing genealogy research, and researching historical situations.
Thus, I feel that in a barter system my diversity of skills and my flexibility would allow me to fare quite successfully. Combining these skills with my business ability would mean I would experience little struggle.
Is anyone interested in trading a photo-shoot for five dinners?