Ahhh, the holiday season is over and work can continue at a more normal pace (whatever that is) and I can’t help but reflect on a dilemma I run into every holiday and gift giving event day…the subject of clothes. I get a request every now and again for a list of items I need for birthdays and holidays. Of course the answer is always “tools” and the requester will receive catalogs and links to online resources with the items I have on my “to buy” list clearly marked. Then I will get the usual response which is “You need some new pants” and so I will receive a couple pairs of blue jeans.
I have a vast collection of these items in my closet, all with rips in the same location. I don’t wear torn jeans because I am so impoverished that I cannot afford clothes, I wear them because I know that any new pair of jeans is going to be marked with my same designer signature. I will try to be good, I will wear the new pair only for “special occasions.” But inevitably, I will be at someone’s house and they will need help with something or I will get part way to my car and notice an issue with a gutter, or something in my garden, or my car and I will tend to it and feel the familiar rip on on back right pocket. Paint will get on them, they will get snagged down the basement, and I believe I am forever doomed to own these “designer” jeans. Next year, I will be asked the same question, will give the same response, and will receive the same presents :)
So if you see me on the street with a ripped pair, you will understand why.
BTW – I recently watched my brother open a shipped package of new designer jeans. High cost, fancy label and, wouldn’t you know it, they came with holes and the label was done in a white paint smear as if he was working on something. Everyone gushed over them. I was wearing my work ripped jeans with paint smears and with a much more economical label and just shook my head.
Thanks for reading,
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