To My Darling Quintuplets:
Today my darling socks turn one week old.
Smartwool socks, adopted from the Far East. I call them "Leta."
Wigwam socks, from the U.S. These socks are named "Henry."
Misomething socks. These are my delicate Italian socks that I call "Mia."
Grocery Socks: These are No-nonsense socks. They are named "Noah."
The Prodigal Socks(not pictured): I ordered the Pantherella socks a week ago and Amazon says they should have come by today. Why aren't they here? I have enough love for five socks.
Now for the real mothering: pitting the socks between each other and making comparisons. The only socks I've washed so far are the Smartwools. You can't tell from the photo, because that's an unwashed pair, but Smartwools look like cicada shells after they've been washed and dried. I suppose I shouldn't be tossing them in the dryer. But just like the clinical trial, this is the real-life test, not the lab test. Sink or swim, as my Mom would say.
Another example of the real-life experience I've been monitoring is the exfoliation factor. Here is a photo of the grocery store socks turned inside out after one wearing. I want a pair of socks I can snap and not have a cloud of dead skin float around my ankles. Someone asks, "Why don't you just put moisturizer on your legs after you take a shower?" Because I'm wet. Rubbing moisturizer on wet skin is nasty and clammy. Rubbing moisturizer on dry skin is phlegmatic and sloppy and makes my moist skin crawl. And the only moisturizer I have now is the ridiculously overpriced Lush Gorgeous, and I won't rub $XX-dollar cream on my skin then cover it with $XX-dollar socks. But keep in touch. I might some day, the way I'm headed.
At any rate, I have some preliminary findings.
Cashmere socks? Very soft. Twenty times softer than Grocery socks? No. And they are very slouchy by the end of the day. However, my dead leg skin has stayed on my legs.
Smartwool socks feel like a flat nylon scrubbing pad I once had in my kitchen. Or like the spongy white filler sheets they sometimes put around china.
The Wigwams just arrived today and have their first outing tomorrow. This particular make of Wigwams are thinner at the foot and thicker at the ankles than the Smartwools.
All my socks are special in their own way and have made my life so much more meaningful. I love you all,