Me getting my clothes dirty was my mom's nightmare
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Me getting my clothes dirty was my mom's nightmare

A silly pair of lightweight coveralls became my childhood playground.

I had this silly pair of lightweight coveralls that I wore all the time as a kid. They were an old pair that my dad had worn for a job at some point and time in his life. They were a light brown.
I found them crumpled up in the clean laundry one day and asked if I could have them. My mom told me it was fine, since he didn't need them anymore. She said they'd be perfect for playing outside in and that they'd keep my clothes from getting dirty. That was all the permission I needed! My mom hated it when I'd come home dirty.
I took a scissors to the arms and legs and cut them down to my size; I'll be honest, I did a terrible job, but I was, like, eight years old, so I can't be too hard on myself.
I loved those lightweight coveralls! The minute I would get home from school, before I did any homework, I'd put them on and go tumbling outside in the backyard by the shallow river.
Sometimes I'd hop in the boat we had for the river; sometimes I'd practice being a famous gymnast. I loved playing "gymnast". I would use the tire swing as an event; the logs were my balance beam. I'd bring some stuffed animals out to watch me, if I couldn't get my brothers or my parents to view my amazing skills.
Gosh, I miss being that little kid where stress was whether or not your best friend was mad at you or mom was going to be mad about clothes being dirty. Life was much less complicated.
I wanted to be an Olympic gymnast like Simone Biles became.
I wanted to be an Olympic gymnast like Simone Biles became.
Just like the good ol' days.
Just like the good ol' days.
“... I'd put them on and go tumbling outside...”
A lot like the ones I cut up from my dad.
A lot like the ones I cut up from my dad.
I'm pretty sure this was my mom's worst nightmare.
I'm pretty sure this was my mom's worst nightmare.
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