This story was a lot of fun to write! It was one of my first short stories. I wanted to do something like “The Travelling Pants” book series. In case you’ve never heard of the books or seen the movie, “Travelling Pants” is about a shared pair of jeans that gets passed around as a close-knit group of girlfriends travel. The jeans are a way for the young women to stay connected and in-touch with each other even when they are apart.
“Maternity Clothes” is based on truth as friends of mine (two of them in fact, like Olivia and Evelyn) shared a box (more like several boxes!) of maternity clothes over several years. We never had any issues with one of us needing the same clothes at the same time. Even when we were pregnant at the same time, we were a few months ahead or behind the other in our pregnancies. The box(es) of mat clothes have been shared by more than just the initial three of us. And the styles certainly have changed over the years!! Believe it or not, I still have the boxes and really should have a party like Lily. Another great excuse to get together with friends and enjoy a glass of wine!