In junior high school my friend Kimberly Russell inexplicably announced to me that I’d look fabulous in a yellow dress. If you want to shoot an arrow into the delicate masculinity of a boy in the throes of puberty, telling him he’d look fabulous in a yellow dress is a stellar way to do it. Declaring the aforementioned yellow dress fabulocity in front of a bunch of his friends, as Kim did, is like replacing the arrow with a torpedo. I think I saved face and laughed it off, but the fact that I remember that little wrinkle in time goes to show that it had some sort of an effect on me. Will I wear a yellow dress while shooting people with my rifle from the water tower? Of course not. Combat culottes! But when I was shopping a few days ago I saw a pair of yellow shorts with a blue sailboat print by Hawkings McGill, and they made me remember Kim’s yellow dress comment. I laughed inwardly and bought them immediately. Now every time I wear them I’ll think of Kimberly Russell, which isn’t a bad thing at all, mind you, because even though I haven’t seen her in many many years, Kim’s a cool cat. And Rex is a hot dog*.
*Yeah, I know. That was a long way to go for a Rex Tuesday post. Photo by Becky Cochrane.