Some women have an obsession for shoes, jewellery or dresses. For me, it would appear I have a thing for socks.
This occurs to me as I scoop up the discarded foot coverings around my room and put on a FULL load of sock laundry. Is this normal? Um, don’t answer that.
How could I have a full load of socks?! Well, it’s January in Ottawa and it is cold. I’m tall and my feet are big. Apparently the blood is too lazy to circulate all the way down there and those dogs get icy. So this is what typically happens:
I’ll put on a black pair, only to find they are too thin. Hmmm, maybe if I double up. After wearing them for a half an hour those four socks go into the laundry and some striking thermal pair comes out. Except that they have a hole in the bottom but I can’t find another pair so I wear them anyway, …for about half an hour then get tired of feeling the floor through the hole and scrounge for another pair. (I can’t toss the sock with a hole because those buggers were expensive and it will only take a couple of minutes to sew, if I ever get around to it). Time to raid my husband’s stash. Hmmm, too big and floppy. He might be offended if I put them back unwashed. Check under the bed. Oh! There’s that pair I thought I’d lost, or at least half of the pair …. dig, dig, … found it! I’m set, until bedtime. I must wear socks to bed through most of the winter but they have to be the right socks so that my feet are not too hot nor too chilly. Sports socks usually do the trick, until about 2:00am when I am suddenly too warm and toss my socks off and fling them by the side of the bed. Exhausting.
Along with sock laundry comes sock matching. I’m sure there is some mischievous god out there that loves to hide and separate socks. A typical load of laundry will produce 3 pairs of socks and 15 unmatched ones. Why?!!! The solo foot coverings go into the “Poor Little Orphan Socks” box until I make my husband match them or my daughter raids the box and makes a family of sock puppets.
By February, I start my countdown. Only 120 days until sandal season.