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Shopping for new panties and the danger of making assumptions

Last week it was time to buy new underwear. I could go shopping, or do laundry. I went shopping — with tragic results. The company who made my favorite underwear stopped making the style I liked!


My favorite underwear were not on the woman’s underwear wall at the store I always shop at. If my style of underwear is not on the underwear wall, then it doesn’t exist. I wanted to cry. My underwear is gone. How long can I make the seven pair of underwear I own last? Will I wear these seven pair of panties for the rest of my life? Would I be ninety-seven and still wearing the same seven pair of Hanes bikini panties?

Would my panties last another thirty years? (Yes, go ahead, do the math. Subtract thirty from ninety-seven and you will know how old I am.)

I was devastated. Two years ago I had seventy-two pair of underwear. I kept buying new styles to try to find something comfortable. After reading about the minimalist lifestyle I got rid off all the uncomfortable pairs of underwear and pared down my panty stash from seventy-two pair of underwear to seven pair. It is hard to live like a minimalist with 72 pair of underwear.  Hanes bikini style, with no scratch waist band. 

How dare they! How could Hanes stop making the style I liked. It had taken me over twenty-five years to find underwear that didn’t pinch or bind, and were 100% cotton. Victoria Secrets bikini underwear used to be my favorite, but they redesigned their bikini panty and took away half of the fabric. My black Victoria Secret original bikini panties were coming apart at the seams when I found Hanes bikini panties.

I was loosing sleep over the tragic underwear crisis.

Then a miracle happened. I found Hanes.com. I was doing research on Hanes white underwear for men,  for a book I am illustrating called, How To Be A Cat, when I saw my bikini underwear on the Hanes homepage.

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My premise was wrong! Hanes didn’t stop making my favorite bikini underwear,  my favorite store didn’t carry them!

The Danger of Making Assumptions

Making assumptions can be tragic. When we accept something as true without proof we can:

1. Never drink milk again. We might think the cows aren’t producing milk anymore if there is no milk in the store, but maybe the milk truck got stuck in traffic.
2. Lose a best friend. When you waved at your best friend, that you have had since grade school, across the street and she didn’t wave back, you assumed she didn’t like you anymore so you stopped answering her phone calls and you never talked to her again. When really, she forgot to put in her contact lens and she didn’t see you.
3. Wear the same seven pair of underwear for thirty years. When you didn’t find your favorite style of underwear on the underwear wall you  assumed the company stopped making that them when really the store just didn’t carry that style.

Have you every made an assumption about something that wasn’t true? Please tell me, I would love to chat as I sit here in my brand new pair of plush, Hanes Bikini underwear with the no-pinch waistband. Click here to comment. HERE or just scroll to the bottom of the blog post.


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p.s. Well, I just realized I can’t do math. I made myself ten years older than I really am. If I wore the same seven pair of underwear for the next thirty years I would be eighty-seven not ninety-seven. hahaha


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  • Berdeane Bodley

    Yay for “Hanes” panties…….. good you found them again…….

  • EmFairley

    I don’t hate much, but shopping of any sort, whether it be grocery or clothing, is in that category. Needless to say, most of my clothes have seen better days and with the fast upcoming trip, I needed to grit my teeth and just do it! My predicament was similar to yours, in that it involved underwear, but the above the waistline kind. The assumption being I was the same size as the last time I shopped. Oh, heck no!

    I’d love to connect with you outside of your site, to expand on something I said in a previous comment. Please send me a DM on Twitter to @Em_Fairley with a contact email address or FB link.

    Em xoxo

  • GirlGriot

    I am terrible at age math! I keep my age firmly in my head simply because I’m telling it to people constantly (which is a shameless manipulation to get them to tell me they can’t believe I could possibly be this age).

    I have made oh so many assumptions in my life. Often they create some comedy once the reality is made plain, sometimes not. When I was living in France, my best friend and I made the — completely ridiculous and based on nothing — assumption that we no one around us could speak English. Never mind that plenty of people the world over speak English. We had this wacky notion and we stuck with it. We would create stories about the people we saw, give them nicknames, continue their stories when we saw them again — like the regulars at “our” cafe. And that was great fun … until the day the man we’d nicknamed The Psychokiller walked up to our table at the cafe, leaned over and said, “So many people — even psychokillers — can speak English, you know,” and then walked out. I was mortified!

    • Hello GirlGriot,
      Wow, your right. I can’t believe you could possibly be that age either. That is such a good idea. My fear was that people would believe I actually looked ten years older than I am.
      Oh, haha. Yes, I can understand why you would be mortified. You have such good comedic timing, even your comments are little slice stories.
      I hope you are having a good day today.

  • Stephanie Raffelock

    I have been through this with my husband–not about underwear, but about jeans. He “assumes” that since he got his favorite pair of jeans at the Gap 20 years ago, he should be able to get the same ones today. But after twenty years, the Gap really did stop making those jeans! We are still searching for new jeans and he is still not happy that he cannot get what he could twenty years ago. I roll my eyes. It’s endearing–so is buying new underwear instead of doing laundry! 😉

    • Hello Stephanie,
      I totally understand the trauma your husband is facing. How dare Gap stop making the jeans he likes to wear. Maybe suggest to him to buy a life time supply if he finds another pair he likes. However, he will have to not gain any weight.
      Actually, I may have to buy ten packages of my favorite underwear in case they change the design.
      Hoping your day is full of joy and new jeans for your husband,

  • Cathy

    You are such a hoot, Pamela. I do enjoy your posts. This one about the underwear made me smile. Yes, I have fallen into the old assumption trap many a time. Being a bit of a shy introvert, I tend to stand back and watch the scene, making my assumptions about it without jumping in for a closer look. I don’t ask enough questions about something fearing I’ll look stupid or annoy someone.

    Often those assumptions are wrong. As I’ve aged, I’ve gotten better at asking questions, taking a better look or giving someone a second chance. When I was younger I often thought people didn’t like me just if they gave me a funny look or talked sharply to me. Now I have the wisdom of age to know that it wasn’t because they didn’t like me, but just that they were having a bad day or were preoccupied with a problem. Why can’t we get this wisdom when we’re young? No fair!

    • Hello Cathy,
      Are you having a nice afternoon? I understand why you hesitate to ask questions. People have answered my questions with, “No way! You don’t know that? Seriously you don’t know what that means?” And all I can think of in my head is,”I asked because I didn’t know the answer.” It seems obvious to me why I asked.
      Hopefully people have been kinder to you.
      That is so nice you have gotten better at asking questions and at not making assumptions. A small advantage to getting older.
      p.s. I am so happy you enjoy my stories.

  • I admit that I couldn’t resist clicking on the title of your post. I also admit that I was prepared to move on if the subject matter didn’t suit me, but within words I was hooked. assumption issues aside, this is a problem I could 100% relate to. I am very happy that you won’t have to make 7 pairs of underwear last for 30 years, but given the same scenario, I would have been doing the same calculations! I’m glad you discovered the error of your assumptions. I will take heart and take note that assumptions can lead to unnecessary trouble and worry! The humor in your slice was just what I needed at this late hour.

    • Hello Dalia,
      How has your day been? It has started to rain here. I am happy you kept reading the story after the title interested you.
      Did you make any assumptions today?
      I assumed that if I threw the ball with the puppy for a half an hour she would be tired. She wasn’t but I was.
      Hope you are having a happy day.

  • D_Andre

    What a wonderful post! I also love the message about assumptions. I’m glad you favorite underwear is still available.

    • Thank you D_Andre!
      I am glad my favorite underwear is available too. Now I don’t have to do laundry for another seven days. Or, I could go shopping again and buy more. 🙂