So a Sunday or two back, because it was cold, I pulled on a pair of tights to wear with a wool skirt. I normally wear pants to church when it’s cold. And by pants I mean slacks, not jeans. I am not a wear-jeans-to-church kind of gal, but if you are that’s okay, not that there’s anything wrong with it…. But for some reason I thought I would wear a skirt even though it was near freezing.
Sidebar: Sean really likes it when I wear a skirt or a dress, perhaps because it is so seldom. I have a few strapless sparkly cocktail dresses left over from back in the day and he’ll often pull one of those out and suggest I wear it to church. One time in pre-K, for a Mother’s Day project, he was supposed to draw a picture of me and then write a sentence about me. His sentence was “My mom has a lot of fancy skirts.” I have one fancy-ish skirt.
Yet Another Sidebar: Okay, here’s a new trend I have observed that puzzles me – bare legs all the time, even when it is seriously cold outside. In the summer when it’s warm, I like to wear a skirt with sandals. That makes sense. But when it is below, say 75? I do NOT want the icy wind howling up the antique gams. Not only because it’s uncomfortably cold but because blue goose-bumpy legs are not attractive. But then again, I was a young gal in the 70’s and 80’s and owned approximately 3,825 pairs of L’eggs. I am a product of the panty-hose generation. Even if I had really great legs, which I do not, I would not go bare-legged with spike heels and a pencil skirt in January.
So, on this particular cold Sunday, as we were heading out the door for church — me in my plaid wool skirt, turtle neck, Mary Janes and black tights (can’t you just picture the sexiness?) Sean is walking behind me and makes a funny little cat-call whistle sound – woot-WOOoooh! – (because he can’t actually whistle) and says, “Mom! I reeeeally like those high heel socks!”
And I chuckled because high heel socks sounds so much more sexy than control-top tights.
Perhaps that’s how we could bring back pantyhose – we could call them high heel socks.