I love my blue jeans… I love my suits… but I’m afraid there is, most certainly, a garment even more comfortable than blue jeans: PJ bottoms. On some days, I come home from this or that and the first thing I do is slip into my orange plaid pajama bottoms.
Could there ever be a more comfortable garment to wear? I think of the suit I was wearing yesterday made of summer weight wool. I sometimes wonder how many wearings I will get from it before it wears out. The fabric is so thing – which is nice for the hot humid weather I live in – but it also seems so fragile.
Blue jeans, on the other hand, are tough and durable and will take a lot of abuse before they wear out. And society tells us that they actually look better as they begin to wear out! If fact, some clothiers sell jeans that are “worn out” before you buy them – and they charge an arm and a leg to purchase them. I don’t understand that concept because part of the fun of wearing blue jeans is all the activity you done to get them to wear out. And by the time the blue jeans have worn out you have a bucket full of memories to look back on.
On a recent vacation trip traveling in New Zealand I was thirsty and took a big swig directly out of 2-liter bottle of soda. My sister-in-law said to me, “I used to think you were a refined man until I saw you do that!” I guess the suit and tie is really just a facade and the blue jeans are what I feel most comfortable in.]]>
Recently I re-discovered the beautiful music from a 20-year old movie called ‘The Mission’. No it doesn’t have anything to do with Mormons but it is an too common, sad tale of man’s inhumanity to man. Although the movie ends in a seemingly tragic way, hope can be felt in the final scene and in the music throughout the movie. I have attached a file of Yo Yo Ma playing the theme song of composer Ennio Morricone’s score called ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’. I’m convinced that when (if) we enter the gates of heaven, this music will be playing. On any day when I feel the world closing in around me or when my hopes and aspirations seem to be unattainable, I listen to this piece and things don’t seem so bleak. Surely one of God’s greatest gifts to us is the gift of music. Enjoy.