Monday, February 18, 2008

A 30 year old and her sweatshirt


Look at that sweathshirt. Is there any article of clothing that could be more comfortable? More me? Yet it seems to be a real issue for some people who claim to love me.

It was about this time two years ago when my grandpa started getting really sick. Yet, even on his death bed he managed to ask me, "Why the hell do you wear that old rag?"

And my best friend Kelly, well she has been trying to get rid of this sweatshirt for years. She was subtle about it at first. A few years ago, she bought me a new sweatshirt, an expensive baby blue Burton one. She would say things like, "Why aren't you wearing your new sweatshirt? It looks so good with your blond hair?" I almost fell for it.

At this point, Kelly is honest with her feelings. Last Saturday I reached for the sweatshirt to complete my evening attire and this is how the situation unfolded.

Kelly: Ah, NOOOOOO. Absolutely not. I'm not going anywhere with you in that.

Me: What's the problem?

Kelly: It's disgusting.

Me: Well, it's who I am.

Kelly: Well then be yourself when you are not around me.

She thinks she's funny, but her NEVER SUMMER SWEATSHIRT PREJUDICE only makes me want to wear it more. When she gets married some day, I will wear it with my maid of honor dress. I will even stick my thumbs through the holes in the sleeves.

5 comments:

Frank (the Colt) said...

that seems like you. Never let your true self die.

Jennifer said...

"to be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." - e.e. cummings

bestfriendkelly said...

Dear readers,
I appreciate your support of Miss Sullivan's need to be herself by wearing a repulsive sweatshirt. I hope that in no way does anyone believe that I would ever want Miss Sullivan to change, however, the shirt is gross and she knows it. Hang it in a pub in Ireland...strap it to Van Gogh's grave...frame it with her future Pulitzer Prize. That sweatshirt will never see my wedding and after reading this blog I wouldn't be surprised if it came up missing the next time I am at Miss Sullivan's apartment.

Jennifer Sullivan said...

Frank & Jennifer-Thank you for your kind words.

bestfriendkelly-The sweatshirt will be put in a safety vault along with all of your future birthday and Christmas presents.

dixiedreams said...

i say keep the sweatshirt! i had an old flannel nightgown when i was little that my dad hated so much, he actually ripped it off of me. i just dove into the trash can and got it back out. not as traumatic as it sounds, but i had a point to make.