Thursday, June 30, 2005

My Favorite Underwear

Everyone's got one: the first pair of underwear you pull out of your drawer when you've just done all your laundry and everything's clean.

The one that fits just right, regardless of what time of the month it is. The one that doesn't leave huge panty lines, or any panty lines at all. Maybe your favorite underwear is a thong.

Maybe the elastic is starting to show under the frayed edges of the leg holes. Maybe the lace that, at first, was scratchy, is now soft and doesn't annoy your skin.

It's comfort and familiarity, rolled into one.

I've got my favorite pair of underwear, but I've also got my favorite book, movie, and record album. The ones that feel the same way when I slip them on: comfortable, worn, familiar. These are the ones I take out and read/watch/listen to when I just don't have anything new that I want to read/watch/listen to. Or when I just want to visit an old friend.

A friend of mine, when he was younger, read Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy thirteen times in a row. He would finish it, then start it over again immediately. The guy reads fast, so it wasn't like it took him all that long to do so...but wow.

Right now I'm reading one of my "favorites," which is how I got to thinking about how and why we revisit these faves. It's probably the tenth time I've read it, and the second time in the last four months.

So why do we go back to them, over and over? We already know what's going to happen; we already know every single note to every song, and half of the lines in the movie. And when we go back, why aren't we bored?

For me, it's because it's so well-written (book, movie, or music) that the beauty/humor/words/emotions evoked by the work strikes me anew every time. And every time, I do find something else that speaks to me.

Plus, there's something to be said for familiarity in a world that is full of surprises and disconnect. Maybe it's as simple as that: we need that connection with something familiar sometimes and this is one way we can.

So my faves? Here are three of them:

  • Night Train to Memphis by Elizabeth Peters
  • Grace | Jeff Buckley
  • When Harry Met Sally...

Speaking of favorite underwear, Liz Phair's the one who got me thinking about it with her song Favorite.


Blogger Jana DeLeon soliloquized...

Hi Colleen! My favorite pair of underwear is any pair with holes. Sounds a little strange, but the holes were curteosy of my Sheltie that's no longer with me. Every time I pull a pair out of my drawer and there's a hole in the rear, I remember her and how much fun she was.

My favorites - Lord, who knows! But I find when I'm stressed I reread the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. They make me remember how lucky I am, make me feel guilty for not appreciating the things I have more and generally ground me when I feel like I'm floating a little off key.

Monday, July 04, 2005 4:09:00 PM  
Blogger MaryF soliloquized...

My favorite underwear - the new Just My Size ones I bought that have little shoes on them.

My favorite comfort read - Winter Roses by Anita Mills. Just takes me away.

My favorite comfort movie - Tomb Raider 2. Don't laugh.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 8:15:00 PM  

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