I ripped my jeans today. The kind of dry rotting rip that can’t be patched. And unless you have a slammin’ body, you can’t buy jeans online. You have to try them on. You have to be able to see how your butt looks in the mirror. Even worse, these were work jeans. I refuse to pay retail for work jeans that will only get greasy right off. So I went to the thrift store. Do you understand? I went to a thrift store, Full of screaming, snotty children. In the midst of a pandemic. I found three possible pairs. Not the ripped up kind that the young ‘uns wear. But not Mom jeans, either. Only to discover that the fitting rooms were closed. Due to COVID-19. I had risked my life for a pair of jeans. Now I couldn’t try them on. I hung them on the nearest rack (of shirts), and walked out. I got in my car. I drove home. En route, I thought about how everything is just so damned hard now. You can’t eat out. You can’t hug. You can’t go to the movies. You can’t breathe freely. You can’t count on the government. You can’t go anywhere or do anything. We live in it daily, but sometimes it sneaks up. I sat in my driveway and cried. One of those hard, cleansing, chest-heaving cries that confuse and irritate men. Now I’m exhausted. And the pandemic still rages on, grinding us all down without remorse. Leaving casualties in its wake. Things will never be the same. I’m scared. Still sniffling, I went inside. And then someone drove up to our garage and stole some tools. Looked me square in the eye he drove away In his 60k, brand new SUV. Just like that. And all I wanted was a stinkin’ pair of jeans.
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