STEWARDSHIP OF OUR THINGS – part 1 (or, HOW OFTEN SHOULD ONE WASH ONE’S JEANS?)

by admin on March 18, 2011

worn jeans

it seems to me that if one is a shopper, sport or otherwise, it behooves one to take care of the things one buys.  mr. noir and i were discussing this once on a road-trip to l.a.  we knew there was a word for it, it was on the tip of our tongues, and we just couldn’t access it!

finally, a few hours later it came to us:  stewardship.  mr. noir is an outstanding steward of his things, especially his cars.  they are always clean, dent-free, and serviced on time.  if you’re ever in the market for a used car, mr. noir is the person to see.

what does stewardship mean when it comes to clothes?  the answer is not as simple as you might imagine.  first and foremost one must keep one’s clothes clean.  but here’s the rub;  if you clean them too often they tend to wear out (unlike cars).

take jeans.  esme was guilty of over-washing her jeans for years, partly as a result of being, first, the mother of a small child, and next, the mother of a dog.  she is embarrassed to admit that she washed her jeans daily, with the result that they didn’t last long.  on the upside, she did smell really clean!

kate firmly instructed esme that jeans should not be washed until they’ve been worn at least 2 or 3 times.  of course if a fox terrier jumps up on you with muddy paws, you may have to make an exception to this rule!

readers, tell esme your thoughts on the stewardship of jeans.  we’ll move on to other garments next time.

yours in cleanliness,

esme

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