We are a T-shirt generation. Some of us are satisfied to own little else in the shirt line. This is not so with my husband, he seldom wears them but this does not keep him from collecting them. I went to his clothes closet the other day and wished I could sort through the twenty-plus he had accumulated down through the years. Yes, the thought did occur to me to give some of them away. But being the good wife that I am, I didn’t do that. That is definitely a big no-no in our house.
Being an airplane enthusiast and pilot, he has a number of airplane shirts. (I bought them for him). There is the Mustang P51, another is the Super Cub and yet another, the Sky Hawk 172, a plane he owned and flew. Many of them represent places we’ve
traveled, Olympia, Greece; Key West, Florida; London, England; etc. The one imprinted with the words La Soufriere, Guadeloupe, brings back memories of climbing that 4,813 foot volcano. It took us an hour to get all the way to the top, where this live volcano’s crater was steaming and smelled of sulfur. Other shirts, ones for WRGN and WIVH speak of our dedication to our life’s work, and the Suburban News and Virgin Island Kayak ones, represent our sons’ businesses. There are several band organ rally shirts. His many other interests are reflected on his collection of imprinted hats, but that’s a different story.
The T-shirt is so named due to the shape of the garment’s outline. This slip-on garment, without buttons, originally became popular in the United State when they were issued by the U.S. Navy during or following the Spanish American War. These crew-necked,
short-sleeved, white cotton undershirts were to be worn under a uniform. In tropical climates, however, sailors and Marines, removed their uniform jackets, so, while working, only the shirt would be soiled.
Most people wear plain, unprinted T shirts, but many, today, go with the ones that carry an amusing message. Do you ever find yourself staring at a person, not because
you think you know him, but because you are trying to read his T-shirt. Sometimes you have to look back to read the rest of the message printed on the back of the shirt. Some may be amusing, but some are also downright disgusting. Here are some you may remember.
I especially like this one: “If at first you don’t success, skydiving isn’t for you.” And because I often look at my husband for him to explain the punch line of jokes, this one
fits me. “He who laughs last thinks the slowest.” My mother who often talked about her “ship coming in,” would understand this one: “I hope my ship comes in before my dock rots.”
The subject of weight loss appears on shirts. “Congratulate me, I used to be anorexic.” And this one: “I have the body of a god, unfortunately the god is Buddha.” How about
this one? “If God had meant for me to touch my toes, He would have put them on my knees.”
Leaning toward the subject of families are these: “My mom calls me ‘No, No,’ But my grandma calls me ‘sweetie.” and this, “Be nice to your children – they choose your nursing home,” and this, “I’m dressed and out of bed what more do you want?”
Fitting today’s political scene, I wonder what you think of these? ” IRS- Be audit you can be.” “In America, anyone can be president. That’s one of the risks you take.” I think
we’ve all seen this one: “God made a few perfect heads, all the rest he covered with hair.” This one was worn by a passing motorcyclist: “If you can read this, my wife fell off.”
I admire those who wear Christian T-shirts, proudly proclaiming testimony to their faith in God. Have you seen the one that shows an open Bible on the front of the shirt and on the back it reads: ” When all else fails, read the directions.” My husband and I usually show approval of these by raising our thumbs up in agreement. I used to have one that said, “Know Jesus, Know Peace.”
Many imprinted T-shirts are disgraceful and the language used is an affront to passersby. This one reminds use that reading the Bible’s directions for our lives and then following them, will change us for good. “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”. John 8:32. Here’s one I’ll leave you with. “Act justly, Love mercy, Walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8.
What are some of your favorites? I hope you’ll write and let us know at “shirlandyou.”