There’s an old saying you’ve probably heard before: measure twice, cut once. It’s oft used by carpenters, glass cutters, and folks in the construction or manufacturing businesses. I’ve even heard it at Home Depot by a sales clerk trying to help a customer make plans for a DIY project. It’s a reminder there’s only one chance to get it right. Otherwise it could cost time, materials, and money.
By extrapolation, I think the old proverb has a fit for life in general too …
Apart from some teen angst filled years of craving fitting in and holding my status within one of the popular crowds, I’ve otherwise not been concerned much with fashion. I wear what I like, what’s comfortable, what’s practical, and what I think looks at least a quarter decent on me (regardless of what my kids say). And of course what is within my current clothing allowance budget because hey, I’m frugal [read: cheap] and I like it that way.
I didn’t get the gene a lot of others of my gender got in their DNA makeup. I generally don’t like shopping for clothes. In fact, at times I despise it. It can be a real pain in the butt, literally and figuratively, having to try on 10 pairs of jeans trying to find ones that fit my petite stature, don’t pinch where I don’t want them to pinch (which is everywhere), and that aren’t so low-waisted that my muffin tops spill over.
Or being told what to do.
This past Tuesday I bought a hat. Apart from an old, tan, ladies baseball cap I wore on occasion to keep the sun out of my eyes, I haven’t really worn a hat since I was a young girl. Even then, it was a toque, worn in the winter, because my mom made me wear one to keep my head warm. I loved my mom, but I don’t love being told what to do.
I don’t like hats. On me at least. Vanity in reverse perhaps, I know. I dislike the one I just bought even more than any others I have ever owned. Why? Because once again I was told to wear one. And I’m not even a kid anymore, geez. Did I tell you I don’t like being told what to do?
So why on God’s earth then did I buy a hat that I am going to wear on a regular basis?