This will be an unusual Christmas memory but, stay with me. I was 15 years old. For as long as I could remember, there were 3 places we got our clothes.Â Our family shopped at Sky City, Kmart, and the occasional yard sale. Donâ€™t get me wrong.Â We werenâ€™t poor by most standards but, mom had to be careful when doing a lot of the Christmas shopping. If you shopped at Kmart, you may remember that their brand of jeans was called Rustler.Â Thatâ€™s what I wore almost every day. There was that one day I accidentally wore my sisterâ€™s Sunset Blues to school, but I donâ€™t wonâ€™t to talk about that. Rustlers were not known for being fashionable or sturdy but, they were certainly affordable.
When I turned 15, Levis 501 blues were â€œthe jeansâ€ to own. It seemed like everyone had a pair but me. Much like Ralphie and his Red Rider Bee Bee Gun, I dropped some pretty obvious hints. I knew we probably couldnâ€™t afford them but, I had to ask. Well, Christmas morning rolled around. Although mom couldnâ€™t spend a fortune at Christmas, she made sure there were plenty of gifts to open. Opening presents would last for hours. The last box I opened was exactly what I wanted but never thought I would get.Â 31 years later, I remember the sacrifice it took for me to get that pair of jeans. It made that Christmas very special. This year, Iâ€™m asking Santa if he could help me fit into them just one more time. Merry Christmas!
Enjoy this great song by The Guardians featuring Pat!