“No one is looking at your socks”

Because I am a math-is-hard-Barbie kind of feminist, I have no interest in figuring out just how many mixed messages I received when I was growing up.

But if I leave society out of it and just focus on my parents for a moment, I can reach a rough estimate using the following formula:

(2) people whose views often conflicted internally as well as with each other x infinity = a shitload of contradictory messages

Sometimes, when navel-gazing (refreshingly, both my parents disparaged this activity) I get why starting new endeavors or pursuing success or making the most of what I have is not really my thing. I mean, I had “your best could be a lot better” coupled with “if you’re trying your hardest that’s all that matters,” which ok…I can just ignore the former, right?

But then you start adding in the related sub-sub instructions of “don’t hide your light under a bushel barrel” and “Who cares if you can’t find matching socks? For godsakes, forget about yourself for five seconds and get in the car. No one is looking at your socks!” and it gets a bit more complicated.

Especially if you’re the type who finds herself looking at other people’s socks.

And if you’re looking at theirs, don’t you think there’s a damn good chance that somewhere, sometime, someone will be looking at yours? Yeah, I thought so.

So frankly the statement was ACCURACY FAIL then, and thanks to the internet “no one is looking at your ‘socks’!” is even more of a fail. Because the internet is full of filthy link-clickers. Or so I’ve heard.

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4 Responses

  1. […] ways of corn Posted on June 19, 2009 by heyvix I was a little hard on my parents in my socks post, I know. Honestly, I give them lots of credit for having a litter of children and not drowning […]

  2. Ha, just thought I’d mention it is part and parcel of parental responsibilty to befuddle the wee ones, throw in a tad bit of embarrassment now and again and, voila, – character!

  3. My parents didn’t care about my appearance when it involved costing them money, at which point they explained that “looks are just on the surface.”

    Unless, of course, we were going to an event where my looking like crap made them look bad.

  4. Buff —

    Exactly! Silver lining: The older I get the more I realize that in SOME ways, growing up with a lot of contradictions prepared me for real life—at least I know doublespeak when I hear it!

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