Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Me and My Trousers

I have always thought of making a big deal about buying a new pair of trousers as being an old man thing. I guess I'm getting old. I've just bought a new pair of jeans and it feels like a major event. It could also be that I've been wearing the old ones since the first lockdown last year. The only times I didn't wear them (apart, of course, from when I was in bed) was when I did the garden and when we went to my son's wedding. I have an even older, more disreputable pair of trousers for doing the garden (and that's saying something) and I wore a suit for the said wedding - although I did threaten to wear my 'lockdown originals' as I'd come to call them in my own mind.

I've been wearing them for so long that taking them off for the last time was a bit of a wrench, almost like shedding a layer of skin. It probably was,  in fact, as they only got washed once or twice. We've been through so much together that I can't bring myself to throw them away. They have historical significance.  As I already have a pair for doing the garden, I've had to create an honorary position for them, as spare gardening trousers, a kind of clothing equivalent of being given a seat in the House of Lords.


I doubt they'll get used. The bottoms are frayed where they caught on my heels, the belt loops are coming off, the zip's gone (that was the last straw), there's a hole in the crotch and another in the waist. They'd be good for a scarecrow but I haven't the heart to demote them to such a lowly position.

12 comments:

  1. You can "upcycle" your jeans! I found so many ideas online. Are you crafty?!?
    Here's some examples: https://www.hometalk.com/diy/upcycle/s-19-gorgeous-reasons-to-dig-your-old-jeans-out-of-the-closet-15417557

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    1. Am I crafty? Not in the least bit, I'm afraid. Nice idea though.

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  2. I still wear t-shirts I have a pictures of me wearing in the 1990s.

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    1. Same here. They get a bit shapeless, don't they? And the collars go kind of wrinkly.

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  3. As your mother I can scarcely believe I brought you up and paid for your education for it to come to this.

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    1. Perhaps because you paid for my education I turned out to be -I hope- a rugged individualist. :)

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    2. More of a ragged individulist, seems like. :D

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  4. I think they should be thrown out - not the trousers, the people in the House of Lords.

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  5. This was an ode to a good pair of jeans!

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  6. A proper funeral for the jeans is called for. Shredded on the compost heap is probably the best.

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  7. I loved this. I also loved John's comment about the House of Lords.

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  8. I should tell you about the time that my BIL's life was saved by a raggedy pair of jeans. He was working outside in front of the town post office with a tractor drawn post hole digger. The machine hung up, and so he put his weight on it. His pant leg got caught in the power take off. The jeans were so worn that they ripped clean off his body, taking his underwear with them. He was standing in the chill morning air. His coworker was laughing hysterically. He said, "Give me something" (translated to avoid obscenity). His friend, being a friend, ripped off his coat and threw it to Dave, making sure to throw high so that Dave had to jump up and reach high.

    The post mistress also wrote for the weekly local newspaper.

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