My husband is quite the fashion plate when he is "down on the farm". Honestly, we all kick back a little and dress sloppier at home than we do in public, but "Doc" has turned it into an art form. Several years ago, after working in the barn all afternoon, he came in and showered. I remember him coming downstairs and joining the rest of us in the family room. One of the kids started laughing. It didn't take much for the rest of us to join in. "Doc" stood in front of us in a pair of scrub pants and a tee shirt. What's the big deal? Apparently he wanted to sleep or relax in a pair of shorts and couldn't find any. So he took a pair of his scrub pants and made them into shorts. These things were cut so badly, that Tom Hanks in his movie about being shipwrecked, looked like he was posing for GQ. The kids accused him of being in a shipwreck hence the name of his shorts.
Even that wasn't so bad. Most of the kids friend, girlfriends and boyfriends have met "Doc" at one time or another in his boxers. For most families, this would be embarrassing, but as I have always said, we tend to roll with things. It really is rather logical behavior besides. When he is done working in the barn, he comes into the house via the mudroom. This is where he deposits his dirty clothing. Personally, I am very appreciative of this. However, this leaves him the problem of walking through the rest of the house in his boxers. And you have to remember that our house is always buzzing with people, so .....
Tonight, I came in from doing yard work. My husband was in the kitchen with "The Blonde" getting dinner ready to grill. I took one look at him and asked if he was alright?! His shirt was dirty from being out in the barn and one leg of his shorts was ripped near the seam at least 6 inches. It looked like someone had beaten him up and taken his lunch money!! Again, taking it all in stride, I listened to the story. He was on one of the tractors and when he stepped down, his shorts got caught on the gear shift and he fell off the tractor. "Oh my God! Were you hurt?" No he hadn't been hurt, but he stepped off the tractor a second time and caught his shorts again. Luckily this time he didn't fall.
Now, here is the logic..... "Doc" was going to make sure that his shorts did not get caught a third time. So, he simply ripped the shorts up the seam 6 to 9 inches. Now, he no longer had to worry about catching his shorts and they were also wonderfully air conditioned for the rest of the summer! Life doesn't get better than this. Call me crazy, but it made perfect sense to all of us! God I love this man!
Wife, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Nurse, Grandmother, Friend...that's me in a nutshell!