A thin red thread zig zaggy hangs from the hem of your favorite skirt or cuff of your best blazer. You are careful, But the whole garment starts to unravel. You bring the skirt to a seamstress or the blazer to a tailor. They are busy. So many skirts and blazers to repair. You must wait.
When you do get to pick up your favorite skirt, from afar it looks perfect. Just like new. You try on your best blazer. Just visiting an old friend. Maybe the thread color doesn’t quite match. Maybe you notice a tiny pucker or pull. That favorite skirt or best blazer is not like new. It is not as perfect as you thought.
You can’t remember if the skirt was ever that great. You can’t remember if the sleeves of the blazer were always a tad long. Maybe you imagined your favorites. Maybe you didn’t. Maybe the skirt was the right length. Just below the knees. Maybe the blazer was the perfect fit. Across the shoulders. Maybe you are over thinking the whole zig zaggy thread problem.
Wear the skirt. After all, you are told, this was an expert seamstress. Wear the blazer. After all, you are told, this was the best tailor in the city.
You realize you may never feel exactly the same again about your favorite skirt or best blazer. But this is what you have to work with. A thin red thread hanging off a hem.