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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Mis-Matched Memories

College.
A time of growth.
Learning.
Discovery.
And how to make our own meals.
And do our own laundry.
Sigh.
Laundry day was nearing.
I could tell because, suddenly, there was room for everything in my dresser.
And I was down to my last two socks.
One red.
One brown.
I stared at them.
Then, shrugging, pulled them on. The weather was chilly and they were necessities.
And in the rush to get out the door for my 8:00 class, I forgot them.
Sometime later, I had removed my shoes (I don’t remember why) and was sitting on the floor in the hallway outside the Journalism room with a couple of friends.
Chatting.
People were walking past us.
An astonishing number remarked on my mis-matched socks.
It was more attention than I had ever gotten.
Hmmm.
From that day on, I never wore matching socks.
I even shopped deliberately for socks of the same make, but different colours, so they could be selectively mixed.
Sometimes, I even wore mis-matched shoes.
Call it a fashion statement.
It was . . . fun.
Move ahead forty years.
My Husby and I were shopping at one of the big box stores in Lethbridge.
We were down for a visit and enjoying the old familiar sights.
“Diane, is that you?”
I turned. One of my Journalism instructors, with her Husby, was standing behind me in the line.
There was the usual frantic ‘catching up’.
As the line slowly moved forward.
Then her Husby said, “Show me your socks!”
Some people are remembered for their great contributions to world peace.
For art.
Music.
Science.
Me?
I’m remembered for socks.

20 comments:

  1. mismatched colorful socks - the best unforgettable fashion statement!!! I believe Dragon's den - Peter Jones is also known for his colorful socks but I doubt he ever mismatched them!!!

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    1. Hah! See? I move in great circles! :)

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  2. I'll bet he was disappointed they matched.

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  3. So good that you can leave a trademark for others to remember you by. I think mismatched socks is a good one.

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    1. I agree. It certainly could have been for something else . . . :)

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  4. You were way ahead of your time - in fact, maybe you were the originator of that fashion statement!

    If so, then the second wave was when my daughter was little ... they SOLD mismatched socks in one store here, three to a pack, colour-coordinated but all different :)

    Another great label - ha ha!

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    1. I am a trend setter! Well, sorta . . .

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  5. My Valentina loves to wear mis matched socks... I buy her the same kind of sock in different colors... it's how she likes to dress :)

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  6. Haha I LOVE this!!!! What a funny thing to be remembered for. Guess you'd better start mismatching your socks again!

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    1. I've definitely been considering it! Hafta be remembered for something! :)

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  7. We all have our roles to play. :-)

    Pearl

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    1. And mine is fashion trend setter, obviously! :)

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  8. It is nice to be remembered, no matter the reason.

    My granddaughters always wear crazy mismatched socks. It was probably you that started the craze years ago and it just got here in PA.

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  9. Fantastic - how great to be memorable, even if for your socks!

    Kate x
    Kate at Home

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  10. So you were the inspiration for odd socks day!

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