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Monday, May 23, 2016

Clean Underwear?


“Never do anything you wouldn’t want to
explain to the paramedics."
--Author Unknown


The quotation above is self-explanatory. I choose not to add anything.

However, this quotation does bring to mind another humorous piece of advice that older generations were quick to hand out. It went something like this: Always wear clean underwear because you never know when you might end up in the hospital.


There might be some wisdom in this. The premise probably was to not embarrass yourself and your relatives if the folks at the hospital saw your dirty underwear. While growing up I frequently heard Cleanliness is next to Godliness, and that more than likely partly motivated the advice of wearing clean underwear.


Women's 19th Century Bloomers

I never hear those words about cleanliness anymore. I wonder if it’s the cleanliness part that’s lost importance or the Godliness part. Another thing the older generations stressed was to wear your best to church. Didn’t matter if your best was almost worn out, but it had to be clean.

TV showed an old movie recently that was filmed in 1960. The movie had a scene of people getting off an airplane. What struck me about that was the people traveling were dressed to the nines—jackets and neckties for the men and dresses, heels, and gloves for the women.


Later the same day, I saw a current airport scene on a news station. The contrast between the movie travelers and travelers in the 2016 airport was like day and night. From 1960 to 2016, travelers' clothes had moved from dressy to super casual—from neckties to shorts, and dresses to jeans. I may tell my age here, but in college we were not permitted to wear jeans on campus except for Sunday evening supper.


But like the song goes, Times they are a-changing. The pendulum always swings back the other direction. I wonder if we’ll live long enough to see women wear dresses and gloves again. Or, maybe some people wouldn't want that.


Oh, my, I’ve rambled a long way from the original quotation above. One thought led to another. Can you share other humorous advice you’ve heard over the years?


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