Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Magical Moment 447, "Dr. Pepper Pajama Pants"

Eddie has this pair of pajama pants. They're ridiculous. He's had them since college. They're bright blue and have the Dr. Pepper emblem all over them. But, like a broke-in pair of jeans or your favorite comfy sweatshirt, they are his favorite.

Unfortunately, one day they ripped from the very bottom, all the way up above the knee. And not a straight tear either, zig-zagged the entire length. When Eddie saw what happened, he was crestfallen. He held them out to me with hopeful eyes and said, "Do you think you can sew it?"

Now, I'm a compassionate person. I'm not however, a seamstress. I don't own a sewing machine and the thought of mending the pants by hand, stitch by stitch, made me cringe. I thought this would be a good opportunity to say goodbye to the threadbare, Dr. Pepper pajama pants. So I put them in the garbage and broke the news to Eddie, hoping we could begin the healing process.

But Eddie couldn't let them go. The next thing I knew, he had retrieved them from the trash and was hard at work with a needle and thread. I could tell there was no arguing, so I let him be as he toiled away on his precious Dr. Pepper pants. 

After about an hour of tangled thread, meticulous stitching, and a small amount of blood drawn from accidental needle pricks, Eddie had repaired the massive rip. With the final knot secured, he held the pants out to me with a face as proud and radiant as can be, and said, "Look!" 

I examined the pants. The uneven stitches looked as though a blind man made them. I opened my mouth to tease Eddie about this when I looked again at his proud expression, just waiting for my approval. It was as if a child had just written his name for the first time in wobbly, backwards letters and expected a parade in his honor. So, I bit my tongue, stifled my giggles, and offered an encouraging, "Good honey!"

Those Dr. Pepper pajama pants are still around. More importantly, the tear is still being held together with Eddie's amateur stitches. I guess if you want something bad enough, you'll figure it out. 

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11 comments:

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I do understand that men do not want to change their clothes?? Hope you can help the jeans....

Lori said...

I love that you let it be and accepted his desire to keep these pants instead of insisting that he get rid of them. So thankful to visit you here and enjoy another of your magical moments. You truly are blessed and that sure puts a smile on my face. XX

Eddie said...

I think the sewing was pretty good.

Dawn said...

Hahahhahhhaha...oh too funny!
Love it.
Now THAT is loyalty;)

Hilary said...

It's no wonder why you two love each other so much.

Rick said...

I can totally relate !! Way to go, Eddie !

I happen to own a few sacrosanct items of clothing myself. Shhh !

Deborah said...

Oh I just loved this! Wonderful :o)

Linda said...

I'm glad to see that Eddie wasn't offended by your comments about his sewing. You gotta love a guy that will give something like that a try.

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Your post cracked me up! It's funny what kids put value on. I love that he did it himself. I'm sure that makes the pants all the more precious. He may be taking them to college. :)

laughwithusblog said...

I totally get this. Our closet is completely full of clothes from our Lincoln days! :)

Tracy said...

I was hoping for a picture of the fantastic sewing job. :) A man who is WILLING let alone ABLE to sew is definitely praise worthy. :)