A couple of days ago, Bill and I were riding in the car and he nonchalantly mentioned that the pants he was wearing were 30 years old. This elicited a number of emotions on my part:
- How did these pants escape the Great Closet Purge of 1988?
- Why were these pants in tolerable shape after 30 years?
- What other clothing from previous decades might he be hiding from me?
- How on earth could he still be able to wear clothing that he wore 30 years ago?
- Did he have even an inkling what turn our conversation was going to take?
Ok, I admit that probably wasn’t exactly the order in which I thought those things. There were a few eye rolls in there and a bit of self-loathing, too. I couldn’t fit a leg into a skirt I wore thirty years ago.
In order to abate my weight-related introspection, I turned my attention back to Bill and his ability to hide ancient clothing from me. It went something like this:
Me: “Where did these come from?”
Bill: “I bought them in Dexter in July of 1988 on the way to Joe’s camp party.
Me: “That is not what I meant and you know it! Where have you been hiding them all these years?”
Me: “Do you have any other ancient articles of clothing hanging about or are these pants it?”
Me: “Spill it, what else do you have lurking in the back of your closet!”
Bill: “I got rid of that wool brown and white jacket that I wore in high school that you hated so much.” He said this rather hoping it would divert my attention to something he actually got rid of that I loathed. It didn’t work.
Me: “That was NOT my question. But it’s good you did that because we’d be having a bonfire otherwise. What else?”
Me: “Don’t tell me you have that plaid shirt that I can literally see through!”
Me: “Where is it?”
Bill: “I got that shirt in 1978 when I was a junior in high school and I’m not ready to give it up. It has sentimental meaning to me. Besides, it’s a PERFECT mowing shirt.
Me: “That was 40 years ago! Why is it that any old piece of clothing is the “perfect” mowing attire? You have four pairs of “perfect” mowing shoes that are coming apart at the seams! You have a t-shirt that has more holes than fabric. It is not a good sign when you have to wear sunscreen UNDER your shirt. You are always saying you need more closet space for your sports gear. Maybe if we weed out some of your decades-old “mowing” clothes we can make some room.”
Bill flattened himself against the closet door protecting the contents held within. Why is it I think he has a pair of bellbottoms in there? Maybe they are “perfect” mowing bellbottoms. Worse yet, they probably still fit him!