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A Fashion Plate In Plaid

There is a lot of serious business happening in the news these days. I don’t know about you, but the statistics on the COVID-19 cases and deaths are trying my soul. While I feel terrible for the families who have lost loved ones, and send them my prayers, I will try today to bring a smile to your faces.

Yes, the photo accompanying this column today is one that shows me at age 5 and my brother Jon at age 4. The picture was taken in the backyard of our family home where I apparently enjoyed standing on the picnic table. The lack of leaves on the trees suggests it was autumn.

You have to admit I was not much of a trendsetter in the fashion department at that age. I’m not sure if my slightly mismatched plaid pants and shirt are products of our mother’s sewing machine or simply ill fitting hand-me-downs from my two older sisters.

I’d like to think the length of the pants indicates that pedal pushers were all the rage in 1959, but I doubt it. I can tell you that the shoes were definitely gently used from a sibling because they don’t quite fit in this picture.

My brother Jon appears to have fared a little better as his shirt looks to fit properly. He had the advantage of only one older brother for his used clothing. However, he was pretty good at tearing the knees out of his pants, leaving either patched pants or cutoff shorts for the five younger brothers to come.

I never complained about hand-me-down clothes because my sisters had pretty good taste in their attire. When my older sister Denny moved to take a job in Washington, D.C., I thought my wardrobe would suffer. However, when she would return for visits, she brought with her some really fun, hip clothes that she allowed me to borrow.

While there may have been times we grumbled about wearing one-another’s used clothes, most times we were happy just to have them.

Today, there is a high demand for used clothing for both charities and at posh boutiques. Now is a good time to go through your closets and drawers and donate to homeless shelters, Youth Services System, the Salvation Army and other worthy causes.

Who knows, maybe one girl’s plaid is another girl’s pleasure.

Heather Ziegler can be reached via email at hziegler@theintelligencer.net.

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