It was sometime in elementary school, somewhere between 1st and 5th grade. My mother had stumbled across a pair of "short pants," or "knickers." They were, if I remember correctly, made of corduroy. Shaped like pants at the waist, they nipped in just below the knee and had to be worn with knee-high socks to avoid looking even more absurd than they were. They are often referred to as "golf pants" or "golf knickers, and disappeared from daily fashion by the 1930s.
Did you wear knickers? Or was there some other mother-inspired attire you feared would bring ridicule to your life? My own kids now cringe at photos of themselves in plaid overalls, denim overalls, pink overalls, and plaid shorts. Hey, I
I'm an official, card-carrying, grown-up now. And I'm free to choose what I wear everyday. I have overalls everyone in my family hates, sack-like dresses that make my adult daughter cringe... and maybe, just maybe, I'll find myself a pair of knickers... just because I can.
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