Being the only boy with three sisters coming up, I didn't do much of the hand-me-down thing. I didn't wear anything that belonged to my Big Sister (who's 5'4''), you see. I'm thinking you're probably not too surprised by that little revelation.
However, that's not true for my sisters. They'd occasionally wear each other's stuff. Sometimes they'd borrow something. Sometimes they'd borrow something without asking. Sometimes they'd inherit something.
Well, when you're little, it's just about always the younger inheriting something from the older sibling.
Or cousin. But not always. If you ended up with a cousin's hand-me-downs, it was a cousin who was bigger that had outgrown something. Didn't happen a lot with us. But it happened.
What about when you're older?
Well, to be honest, I never really thought about it. I never thought about the passing of hand-me-downs among adult family members. But it happens. And, thinking about it now, I can recall instances of it.
Like when someone goes on a diet and has a lot of clothes that are suddenly too big. Or the other way around. But you get the idea. Clothes that aren't worn out, still good, but for one reason or another, no longer being worn.
Recently, the Wife began wearing a nightgown that I hadn't seen before. It looked alright. No, it wasn't one of those Victoria's Secret or Fredrick's of Hollywood things. But a new nightgown, nonetheless.
Or so I thought.
You see, I'm never really sure if something she's wearing is new or something I've just failed to notice ... being a guy and all ... or what. So, when she came into the room the other night, I asked her about it.
"No," she replied. And explained it came from her sister.
I sat there quietly for a second.
So, what does a fellow say in response to that?
"Heyyyyy.... niccccceeeeee" ??? No way.
There's nothing you can say when she says she's wearing her sister's nightgown.
I mean, if I like it, what do I say when we pack for a trip? "Hey, you gonna bring your sister's nightgown to wear?"
No, I'm just not sure what to say when presented with situations like that.
How should I handle it?
Or, how did you handle it?
Or does stuff like this only happen to me?