Saying good bye to little baby clothes is hard to do. Putting them away after the first baby is hard enough but you hold onto hope for a chance when they will come back into your life. After two little princesses have worn the same tutu it gets even harder; there are just so many memories in those little bits tulle.
When your baby no longer fits into
her your favorite pieces you have two choices: you can get rid of it by donating or throwing it out or you can hold on to it. You have to pick and choose which pieces to keep so as not turn into a hoarder. But what about those other pieces of memory? The place you took them for their first ice cream or their first hair cut or the very first beer you had after they were born.
That last one holds a lot of memories. Your body is rushing with endorphins. You haven’t had beer in so long. You are having your first chance to celebrate the new precious little one who changed everything in the most amazing, crazy, scary ways possible.
You dream that some day you will be able to share this brew with your child when they are grown. You choose this beer for different reasons. Perhaps it’s your favorite. Perhaps it’s a prized whale of a beer. If you are like me, however, you choose the first because it is perfect. Baby Tree by Pretty Things. The adorable name to the adorable art work. It’s the beer you spotted on a cross state lines beer adventure with your husband back before you even started trying to have kids. You both saw it and you both knew it was just perfect. When the second baby comes around you look for something just as perfect and find another Pretty Thing; this time, perfect for the little fairy tale you find yourself in with a second baby girl. You choose a beer from their Once Upon a Time series. You save the bottles.
You tuck away the memories and you love the beers and the brewery because of all they hold. All they mean to you. And then you find out they are ceasing to be. The brewery is no more. True, Pretty Things have always been nomads but you loved that about them. The free spirit of it all added to the charm. Still, you never imagined they would be done.
They are part of your past and you dreamt of how they would be part of your future. The nostalgia of it all brings tears to your eyes.
How do you say good bye to little clothes that kept your baby warm, protected and were so darn cute? How do you say good bye to the nomads that slipped into your life and made such an impression?
For more information on Pretty Things farewell check out their blog post here.