This really will, probably, be the last blog about pants for a while.
Before setting off for his two week, no doubt rain-soaked, holiday the mysterious Black Fingernail emailed the Sock to say "I can't believe it's been three months and you haven't mentioned your pants on the blog". Well just for you BFN the Sock is mentioning them now as by coincidence she was sent a link to a relevant news story about ethical panties! The eco-friendly knickers in question are made from bamboo and soy and the Sock can only hope that they fare better than the paper knickers the BFN refers to.
Many years ago Ma and Pa Sock used to take the family travelling around Europe for a month or so every year. Pa Sock liked to drive and would think nothing of leaving our home in Wales and doing a circuit down through France and round Spain and Portugal with myself and Bro Sock fighting in the back of the car for five weeks. This particular incident must have been in the late 60s when paper knickers suddenly came into fashion. Ma Sock felt these would be a great boon in saving washing as they could just be used and thrown away.
The Sock was thereby wearing a pair of said knickers when the Sock family endured another long drive up through France on the return leg of our holiday. Unfortunately the combination of heat, sweat and vinyl car seats caused the Sock's knickers to disintegrate so by the time the afternoon rest stop had been reached all that was left was a bit of elastic with some small scraps of paper clinging to it. It being the 60s the Sock was also wearing a somewhat short dress which would only too easily have revealed the truth to an astonished French onlooker.
Pleas for Pa Sock to get some more pants out from the boot of the car were met with "The blasted suitcase is at the bottom of the bloody boot and I am not getting the whole bloody lot out to get her some blasted knickers." Consequently the Sock remained locked in the car whilst the rest of the family went to find a cafe - somehow as usual, the whole charade was her fault!
These days, of course, the Sock would probably have been able to report her parents for child cruelty but equally one hopes that these days ethical pants are a bit more practical.
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