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.
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