26 January 2007

Opening Myself Up For An "I Told You So"

Something my mother often said (that her mother often said...) while I was growing up: "Always wear clean underwear! You never knew when you'll wind up at the hospital and you'd be embarrassed to show up wearing something dirty."

I have generally obeyed this edict except for once, on December 30th, 2000, when I made an exception. The underwear I took out on that day was clean, but had a small hole in the fabric at the front. There was a state-of-emergency snowstorm going on, we still had a houseful of guests leftover from the holidays and I felt like I was getting the flu, so I ignored the hole figuring I'd be stuck in the house and nobody would care. Well! Some of you will already know that I didn't wind up stuck in the house (although we were stuck in the driveway for a while); I wound up showing my holey underwear to half the state in the maternity ward because I wasn't getting the flu - I was in labor. You can bet that I won't be caught out with an extra hole in my underwear again...and I suggest you go give your own a check, too.

6 comments:

Navilyn said...

My Mum use to tell me that all the time. It was only two weeks ago, that my wife changed ALL my boxers! Now I have to get use to them all over again...

ps: I bet for you, it was a 'holey' experience! LOL

Spice Girl said...

Are you telling us this to let us know you are:
a. in the hospital (with or without clean underwear)?
b. in labor?
c. planning a trip to the ER?
d. buying new underwear?

karen said...

e. Throwing out the pair I wore to the hospital...something I've been meaning to do for six years, three weeks, and six days.

sister k said...

i will ONLY admit this because you posted about it but lucky for me i didn't land in the ER the other day...the other day i realized about 1/2 way through the day that my underwear was on inside out! don't ask me how i missed that in the am...turned out, same night getting ready for zzz, my regular shirt was also on inside out! lucky i never took off my sweat jacket in class! how old am i? to my 1/2 defense, the shirt kind of has seems so it's almost hard to tell...

Epiphany Alone said...

I too have a ratty undie problem. All the pairs that I had before pregnancy (because my maternity panties were tossed a few weeks postpartum) are on their last legs with deteriorating elastic and tired white washed too many times. As much as I wanted to buy pretty new panties in a smaller size, I think I have to get myself to one of those Real Woman stores.

Grandmoo said...

Inside out is better than NONE with the Paparazzi around. BTW, Karen? Once when I proudly took you to see a professor of mine (whose name I don't remember, and whom I hope remembers me not), as you toddled sweetly across the floor sweetly toward her, I noticed with horror a yellow stream running down your leg onto the floor. I had purchsed brand new Gerber plastic pants (they were supple; not brittle plastic like the cheap ones!) but your legs were like sticks. Turns out I'd forgotten to put ANY diapers on you under them!

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