My daughter received her First Communion a few weeks ago, and once again I had a guardian angel to thank for providing for her. My second daughter is quite the fashionista in the family, and while I had micromanaged my first daughter's First Communion outfit, my second daughter had her own very adamant ideas of what she wanted. It was clear she, being built like Audrey Hepburn, wouldn't fit into her older sister's dress. But she didn't say anything until she spottted a vintage lace dress in an antique mall as we were browsing: "Mom, I could wear this for my first communion!" The lady was charmed by her, and promptly dropped the price five dollars. Of course, the problem with many vintage dresses is that they're so tiny. No problem there: the dress fitted my petite daughter perfectly. So we bought it for $15.00.
But what to do for a veil? My oldest daughter's super-white veil wouldn't work, and my second daughter decidedly wanted a crown. Then the next day, I happened to be discussing First Communion matters with another mom, and I asked her where I could find a crown veil. "Oh, I have one that I wore when I was a little girl," she said. "But your daughter will be wearing it," I said. "Actually, no - her dress was too white. The crown is vintage, so of course it's a little off-white. Would your daughter want to borrow it? Why don't you take it home just to see if it matches?"
And of course, it matched the dress perfectly. And my daughter loved it. Thank you, Susan! Thank you, Guardian Angels!