la parachute

August 24, 2020

Iole was a beautiful and daring Greek princess who escaped Hercules by leaping from a palace window and using her skirt as a parachute to freedom. Anytime, I see a dress or a skirt voluminous enough to double as a parachute, I think of my daughter and her namesake. It was ancient Greece, so togas would have been de rigueur, but in my mind’s eye, I see her in metallic┬ásilk charmeuse or an electric blue organza. In reality, my Iole wears plain t-shirts and grey cotton shorts. There’s no flash or splash to her style. It’s practical and understated, just like she is. I’m quite certain she’d find her way though, with or without a parachute.


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