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Carly tells Irene Vouvalides that she is getting ready for the Conference!

Carly tells Irene Vouvalides that she is getting ready for the Conference!

  • Posted
    • Nov
    • 15
    • 2023
by Elizabeth Boisson

Carly Hughes and some of her school friends, Carly getting ready in the bathroom

I had the most incredible dream on the night of October 17, 2023. In my dream I was at the HPH conference and could not get my key card to open my door, there were parents all around me and they tried to help me but none of us could open the door. Maintenance came and determined they needed to remove the lock in order for me to enter my room. (Very interesting!)

I entered my room and realized that my daughter Carly was my roommate! Carly was busy getting ready and there were other young woman in the room all chatting, putting on makeup and trying on clothes. The room was a mess with piles of clothing, empty Starbucks coffee cups with “stuff” everywhere. (It was very much like what Carly’s room usually looked like.)

I asked Carly to help me pick something out to wear and she dismissed me stating “She had her own clothes to pick out and needed time to get ready. “

I dressed and left quickly, when I shut the door to the room I realized that all of the young women (some were teens I believe) were all in spirit!

I woke with a start realizing it was not just a dream but a dream visit. I immediately wrote my thoughts down and sent it to myself and to Elizabeth via FB messenger.

When I went to our mailbox early that afternoon I found a box from Stitch-Fix, the company that sends you clothing to try on and send back at no cost if you decide not to keep. I thought I had cancelled that subscription I started during the pandemic. I opened the box and decided nothing suited me but I decided to try on the pair of jeans in the box. They fit perfectly! Perfect length, ever so slightly stretchy, and they looked great. We all know how difficult it is to find “perfect” jeans!
I ripped the tag from the back pocket and was shocked when I looked at the label.
'STS Blues- Carley Straight Leg'

I guess Carly decided to help me find something to wear after all!

~Written by Carly's Mom,  our Helping Parents Heal Vice President, Conference Chair, HPH-Hilton Head Bluffton Affiliate Leader and Caring Listener, Irene Vouavlides

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