Earlier this week, I stumbled across a blog from one of my periodic blog buddies. I don’t mean that sometimes we are buds and sometimes not, but she writes on a somewhat irregular schedule. Anyway, Jess posted a 10-minuted SoC writing exercise and in my comment, I suggested that she might like to try
the Dungeon Master’s Linda G. Hill’s SoCS challenge. I also gave that advice to someone who commented on Jess’ blog post. I told both of them that I usually “enjoy” these prompts. I hope to see what they manage to do with “socks” and I hope they; Enjoy!
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “socks.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!
I think it will be easier for them, oops, here I go, flirting with disaster, because they are women. I think women have much more freedom when it comes to socks than men. For men, socks function to keep our feet comfortable in our shoes, to look decent connecting our pants to our shoes and to spare the world the view of our ankles. Socks on women can be yet another component of a complex fashion statement that makes them unique and interesting and, if it’s safe to say these days, pretty. OK, before I head down a rat hole from which there will be no escape, I’ll stop talking about women and their feet. Besides, after socks, come shoes and if I start talking about women’s shoes, I’m bound to get into trouble.
While I would like to end this here, draw the line between men and women and leave it between their collective feet, I should be a bit more forthcoming regarding socks, or at least my socks.
I like socks.
My socks may not represent a fashion statement, but trust me, I don’t pick them out of the drawer all willy-nilly. I choose the socks that I will wear, every day with an eye toward the day, the laundry schedule and the days that remain in the week. I have favorites and I like to make sure I can wear a favorite pair on special days.
For example, I have a favorite pair of warm winter socks. I bought them at L.L. Bean because someone gave me a $20 gift card. I didn’t want the gift card to become what L.L. wanted, an opportunity for me to put a down payment on a much larger purchase. I wanted in and out for under $20. I might go $25, but no higher. I found a pair of winter socks that were $18. $18 for a pair of socks?!?! It’s really not a lot for hiking socks, but these aren’t hiking socks. These are just heavy socks. They are the most comfortable socks I own, and I wear them sparingly because, like most clothing retailers, L.L. Bean takes the best things they make off the shelves in favor of the hot new hip style thing. I wear these socks on the cold winter days that I am going to be in socks and shoes for a long time.
My favorite winter footwear combination is those socks and my Solomon Snow Sneakers. Unfortunately, Solomon doesn’t make those any more either. Solomon makes a low-rise hiking sneaker that I love for walking, and because I know they will stop making that sooner than later, I bought a second pair.
Actually, my wife bought them for me. I said something like “I should just buy a second pair of these” but she’s the one that found them on line and bought them. They are under the bed with my backup / spare Wolverine work boots. When I did the addition on our house, I spent 84 days on ladders and construction-in-progress lumber and my feet never hurt – never! I wore a pair of those boots out on that job. Well, my wife decided that they were worn out. To prove that to me, she used a tire-tread depth gauge I had bought her as a joke. “If the tread won’t keep your car on the road, it won’t keep your feet on the roof.”
It wasn’t a hard transition, she had bought two or three extra pairs by then. When my brother flew here before we embarked on the Connecticut-to-Pittsburgh-to-Iowa journey, he looked at my boots and said that he should get a pair of work boots. My wife brought a box out of inventory and gave them to him. Fortunately, we wear the same size.
The only socks I own that are worn on schedule, are my Steeler Socks. Black and gold, in both short and long variety, I have them on before the start of every game the Steelers play. I’m not superstitious, but it never hurts to support your team.