|Writer's Block: My favorite T
||[Apr. 3rd, 2010|08:15 am]
Do certain items of clothing remind you of people or events from your past? If so, what garment reminds you of a particularly happy memory?
My grandparents took up farming when they retired, and their farm was the only permanent home I've ever known. They loved their farm, my grandfather especially. He even dressed the part: he wore plaid flannel shirts, suspenders, and jeans every day. When he died unexpectedly in 2000, just a few days before my 18th birthday, I was devastated. I don't remember anything about turning 18.
My grandmother gave me his wallet and pocket knife, both of which I still carry, but I also kept one of his flannel shirts. I've had it folded at the bottom of my stack of shirts for almost ten years now. I love it because it reminds me of him, and of having somewhere to go no matter what. My grandmother is gone, too, now, and the farm is up for sale, but the security of having a home all those years is still with me. I love that shirt.