Trust me. You do want to read this blog regarding Sexy Grandpa and his addiction to fancy socks! It really is an addiction. I don’t think we ever go into a men’s store or the men’s department without him wanting to ‘check out’ the socks!
A few years ago, a blinding snow storm that hit the Northeast delayed my flight home 5 days. I was lucky because even though my conference was in Connecticut, the distance to NY City was within a reasonable commute and I got to spend 4 unexpected nights with my daughter and 3 grandsons! New Yorkers don’t stop for anything so the four of them did what they always do – work and school. Not only did I not have enough warm clothing, I had no intention of going out in the blistery weather. My daughter insisted, “How can you be in THE City and not go out to a museum or something?” My answer was the same. “I’m happy to have the apartment to myself – to relax and read. Will get dinner going.”
So, you’re thinking, what the hell does this have to do with socks? Stay with me! On previous visits, Sexy Grandpa and I loved browsing at a discount department store not far from my family’s apartment. Recalling the great sock selection they carried and a brand my husband loves, the day before I was scheduled to catch a flight, the snow had stopped, kids and daughter headed out as usual. I decided it would be a perfect time to venture out AND go by the department store. I grabbed my daughter’s extra pair of boots, a warm coat and scarf and went on my way.
I took the escalator to the 4th floor men’s department. Remembering exactly where the socks were located, I headed to that department. When I tell you, I found it easily and literally at least one hundred pairs of socks lined this huge wall. The colors looked beautiful and the designs amazing. I stood there overwhelmed at the array before me. Just above the display was a great sign: All socks half off! Oh, my gosh! All $6 socks now on sale for $3. I couldn’t believe my good fortune – $3!
After some time, I picked out 6 pair. Now you may not think that’s a lot, however, Sexy Grandpa has an entire dresser drawer devoted just to his socks. I figured, this was a nice surprise, one that would make him smile and chose not to get carried away. In my 4 days in NY City, the only thing I bought were some groceries and 6 pairs of socks.
My husband was thrilled with my purchase and felt loved. (Oh, and I forgot to mention, I was caught in New York on a Valentine’s Day weekend.) We were both so happy I was safely home. When he went to put the socks away, guess what? Two of my selections were duplicates! Go figure. Last count, Sexy Grandpa now has 34 pairs tucked inside one another like a ball and 9 that haven’t been worn! I really don’t begrudge his sock addiction considering what mine is! (Which is considerably more expensive than his!) Stay tuned because I’m not going to tell you here. Promise will share another time. This blog is all about THE sock drawer. Hey, if it takes this to put a smile on Sexy Grandpa’s face, it’s worth it.
Stay tuned. We’re counting on you to keep us young at heart!