Made In The U.S.A.

Hand-me-downs

In Adventures on September 6, 2009 at 12:18 am

If you’re 6-feet-4-inches tall, and you weigh ___ (a lot), you don’t have very many opportunities to inherit hand-me-down clothes. It doesn’t help that I’m an only child, either.

Usually if I wear someone else’s clothes it’s because I purchased them from a thrift store, but I was recently the beneficiary of previously-loved clothing from a departed family member. My cousin’s grandfather was a big man in many ways, not only in stature but in the way he lived his life. He was well loved, and sorely missed. It is an honor to wear his clothes.

I’m not just saying that. It’s an interesting experience to put on another man’s shirt and try to make it your own–particularly if you knew that man. But not only does it feel good to carry on for him in some miniscule way, I believe, were our positions reversed, that I’d be happy to have my clothes help in a project of this sort.

The issue of why my fashion tastes are quite similar to those of an elderly gentleman will be discussed at a later date. Maybe never.

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