Wednesday, April 7, 2010
"Where is your son going to wear all these vests?" asked the clerk at Men's Wearhouse, clearly mystified.
I had scooped up three tuxedo vest sets for Nathaniel--one in purple, one in rose, and one in blue.
Until that moment it hadn't occurred to me that my purchase would be considered out of the ordinary.
"Well, we go to the old Latin Mass, and he wants to wear them for special feast days," I tried to explain. "For example, he could wear the rose on Laetare Sunday and the purple. . ." at this point I could already see that I had lost the poor man completely, so I stopped without telling him about purple for penitential seasons like Advent and Lent and blue for Our Lady. I should have just invited him to Mass.
Anyway, I had only planned to buy him one, but they were on clearance for $15 each! They come with the vest, a necktie, and a bow tie, and they're regularly $59.
Then I went to Dillard's to look for him some dress slacks. He's grown another inch. I looked through the clearance rack and didn't find anything. The salesman asked me what size and color I was looking for and then handed me a pair of $65 Jack Nicklaus slacks like it was a done deal. I didn't like the way they felt. I peeked at the tag--100% polyester. I was not about to pay $65 for polyester, but I just tucked them under my arm and kept looking. On a nearly-empty shelf I found a pair of summer weight 100% wool, Hart, Schaffner, and Marx slacks marked down to $45 from $150. I took them to the clerk and told him that I wanted them instead of the polyester pair. He said, "Certainly, there is no comparison."
"You stinker!" I thought to myself.