Archive for December, 2011
I hate socks. I hate the way they feel on my feet. I hate the way they confine my feet. When i lived on the streets after aging-out of foster care, socks could be a danger to my feet. Wet sock = blisters, holey socks= blisters, socks that bunched up because they were too big =blisters… you get my drift?
So blisters aren’t a big deal… right? WRONG.
On the street, blisters and dirty feet = infection. What a pain in the ass. Out of control, it could be a serious problem. Socks are meant to keep your feet warm, but in the wrong circumstances they can be hazardous. Wrong-sized shoes and bad socks are a recipe for disaster…
So i hate socks. Since i got off the streets, i never wear them. But today i was looking at a pair laying in my closet and i realized that the life story of a sock is similar to the life story of many foster kids.
Socks can be funny or boring, white or colored, short or long, new or old, ripped or not, dirty or clean, pretty or ugly, thin or thick, outrageous or subdued… just like foster kids. The most popular color of sock is white, followed by black. Most people like to purchase socks that are easy to wear, no special needs or extra work wanted.
When socks are new, they are tight and mold to your feet. Socks keep close and in essence do what your feet direct them to do. The new socks bend when your toes bend or move to the side when your foot moves to the side. They don’t fall down and they keep close to your feet, ankle and legs. Very rarely do you have to pull them up. But over time, socks stretch, get bigger, and no longer stay so tight. They may fall down and need to be pulled up frequently. They may change shape and thus not keep close to your foot anymore. They may become difficult because they don’t fit “right” or need constant adjusting. They may form holes, so large that it seems like nothing can fill them. Socks that don’t fit right may cause problems. They may stress the feet, rub them the wrong way, or not keep the feet safe.
Socks that require extra attention become bothersome. Who wants to pull-up old socks multiple times a day? Who wants to adjust the toe of the sock constantly, as it bunches up in your shoe? Who wants to sew a hole that develops and may constantly rip; requiring repair, effort, and time?
Not too many people have extra time for problematic socks.
Socks can be worn and tried out by multiple people. Some socks get purchased and then quickly returned when the wearer decides he/she does not like the socks. Put back on the rack, waiting for the next person to get the unwanted socks. Some people borrow socks for a day, a weekend, or longer. At some point the borrower returns the socks after using them or abusing them or after their needs have been met. Just give the socks back when they are finished wearing them.
As socks get old or used or require too much effort, they are thrown away. They may be too big, too out-of shape, too worn, fall down too much, develop too many holes… the socks basically need more effort than they are worth. A beat-up pair of socks is easy to replace with a newer pair… that fits better with the lifestyle and needs of the sock wearer.
No wonder why I hate socks…
they remind me of my life…
wrong-fitting, used, bothersome, and thrown- away
over and over and over.
It really sucks to be a sock…