Sunday, September 16, 2012
Skinny Pants in Sweden
Skip right over this one if you are not interested in the widths of pant legs. But, this has been on my mind and I must get it out of my system. If you come to this country and want to not stick out like a sore thumb, you must get yourself a pair of skinny-leg pants. It doesn't matter if you are male or female, youngish or oldish, thinnish or not-thinnish, this is what you wear in Sweden. Leggings will do, as will black tights. One could even mask a wide-legged pair of pants by covering up with tall boots.
The first morning as I looked out our hotel window to the street below, it seemed to be a sea of people wearing peg-legged skinny pants. What to do? What to do. I had some thread in my emergency sewing kit....should I stitch up my jeans to not look like flares? The black pants and blue tweed pants I packed were hopeless causes. Do I go out to buy a new pair of pants?
Then it was pointed out to me that I should just be who I am. Though I might look like my ancestors coming from Sweden in coloration and frame, it is okay for me to wear pants I have chosen before I arrived here whether I fit in with the crowd or not. My ancestors wore dark printed dresses, practical for the farming life and an occasional get-together with other farm families way back when. They wouldn't have given a thought if they fit in with their clothing. I am humbled.
Today we went to a Swedish church service and the passage that was read was from Matthew 6:25.
If you look it up, the last part is, "Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?" Humbled. And I will not be getting out my needle and thread!