Monday, November 27, 2017

Worn

Photo by Salt Water New England

22 comments:

  1. I cannot tell you how this photograph warms my heart nor how welcome and soothing it is just now, this time of year, while materialism is buzzing around us, distracting us... Thank you.
    Suzanne

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  2. Now we're talking! ;D

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  3. Clothing should only be sent for recycling when it is no longer fit for the scarecrow.

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  4. I love it. This is character. Anne

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  5. Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without. Outstanding picture.

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    1. My Scottish mother-in-law always said that! It was the family motto. Lovely to be reminded!

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    2. That is so strange; my paternal grandfather came from Wales!

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    3. Stranger still, so was my father-in-law!

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  6. Love this picture, it warms my heart. I wear my khakis and cords until they are thread bare and worn out; all sweaters with character have a least one or two wholes in them; my 25 + year Barbour has had numerous repairs and still manages to come apart in a new place every year. My casual clothing drives my wife and mother crazy, but once I get attached to an article of clothing, I wear it until it basically disintegrates.

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  7. likely a Woolovers sweater purchased last November.

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    1. well that certainly hasn't been my experience and I'm quite happy with my Woolovers sweaters as are the 10 Benedictine monks at St. Joseph Abbey that I gave Woolovers to back in 2014.

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  8. Scott! Outstanding! You, and many others, elevate the conversation. JM

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  9. It makes my fingers itch to thread a needle and keep it from raveling worse. It doesn't have to look great, but there's a lot of good wear left in that sweater--for heaven's sake, don't let the holes just keeping getting bigger! lol

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    1. Oh Marisa, me too! I caught myself checking my mental wool basket inventory!

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  10. Shabby chic? My father had no sense of style but would never have appeared in public wearing worn-out clothing. He even commented on how awful it was that his brother, who owned a few businesses in town, wore bib overalls everywhere he went.

    On the other hand, my father never wore sweaters. But he wore his suit all day on Sunday.

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    1. Isn't that precious? Your father sounds like he was a very shiny, primly turned out fellow.

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  11. I am of two minds on this. One, of course, is wear it until it disintegrates. But I also prefer to donate items to charity that are no longer wanted, but still intact. It's a balance.

    PS I have a couple old fleece vests that I refuse to part with and look horrific (and not fit to be worn in public), but still are warm and toasty!

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  12. Looks more like a bad case of moth attack to me!

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  13. I had a positive reaction to this photo of the old fisherman's sweater (but I still probably wouldn't wear the sweater to town). :-)

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  14. What is going on here? I suspect this fellow’s tattered Irish sweater has passed from being a mere garment into the realm of personal memories, experiences and even his own identity. This photo evokes so many questions. Why is he keeping it? Why no attempts to repair it? When and where did he obtain it? Is it a treasured gift from a long-gone relative? In some way does he see its gradual unravelling as mirroring his own physical decline? Does he recognize that time is steadily unravelling all of us, and has accepted the Zen adage that change is inevitable so why fight it? Or, then again, perhaps it’s just an oblivious old man with a sweater?

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    1. Ah, yes. A picture is worth a thousand words! And evokes countless questions. I favor your last comment. What is it about this rumpled indifference that is SO attractive, so alluring?

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  15. I can relate to that picture perfectly. It’s a part of you. I have a navy blue Land’s End merino wool crew neck sweater that I bought in college in 1980. Back when Land’s End sold great quality clothing. It is still in excellent shape. Maybe a little thinner in the weave then when it was new, but it is still very wearable. I have other navy blue sweaters, that one is my go-to sweater with khakis on the weekend. It’s an old friend that is hard to give away. There may come a time when I no longer will wear it in public, but I doubt that I will ever dispose of it. At least while I am still above ground.

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