The tutu, if I may digress, has become ubiquitous lately. She has one that's almost legitimately skirt-like, and two that came from parties and are really just a lot of tulle on an elastic waistband. I don't really care so long as she has underpants on. She wears different tops and tights or leggings underneath every day, and she will countenance a dress in between times; but no trousers have been worn for months, and jeans are totally verboten.
Personally, I can't imagine life without my jeans. Pry them from my cold dead hands (legs) if you can, but until then I'll be happily denim-clad. Despite all my overthinking, and all the plans I may have for honing the perfect capsule wardrobe for our three weeks of festivities in Dublin, and whatever I end up buying - or planning to buy, or thinking maybe I can buy when we get there - I know that I'll end up packing a selection of jeans (bootleg, flare, skinny), a bunch of tops that all more or less go with the bottoms, a few cosy cardigans, and a dress or two just in case I get the opportunity to wear them. And then I'll end up in the same old jeans and the same comfy shoes 90% of the time anyway, and nobody will notice.
Speaking of which. I was inordinately pleased with myself the other day simply because I employed some shoe polish for its intended purpose and it did what it says on the tin. (Maybe I need to get out more.) But shoe polish is the sort of thing I tend to feel is only necessary for men of a certain age, or people who are a little too fussy. Tim Gunn, for instance, or my father, who has shined his shoes weekly - or perhaps morningly - for his entire life. At home we had a little basket containing polish (black and brown), brushes (one hard and one soft for each colour) and a cloth for final buffing. My dad showed me how to use them many moons ago, and every now and then I'd give my black-or-brown lace-up school shoes or mary-janes with brass buckles a bit of a swipe.
So last Spring I got a pair of blue mary-jane flats that were obscenely comfortable. As soon as sandal weather was over, in about October, I re-embraced them - but was sad to see that all the blue had been scuffed off the tips of the toes. They looked pretty shabby, and I feared that I'd have to abandon them. I wore them anyway, but felt less than - aha! - polished. What to do, I wondered. Was this the untimely end of obscene pedal comfort? And then inspiration struck - polish! I needed shoe polish!
A mere three weeks later, I finally remembered to look for navy shoe polish when we were somewhere that might sell it. And lo, I bought it and used it (because luckily my husband also owns some little shoe brushes and a rag for buffing), and my shoes are like new again. Hooray!
It really is the little things that can make you happy, if you'll let them. So today I'm thankful for shoe polish.
I'm also thankful for my beautiful crazy family, and all the luckiness I have in my life. And the Internet, which has made things much better in many ways than they would otherwise be.
And now Dash is dressed, Mabel is probably ready to come in again, and I have to legitimately busy myself with something to do with pie.
Happy thanksgiving, everyone, whether you celebrate it or not. Thanks for being here.