Forgive me, but prior to our leaving for the beach, I was struck with the most out-of-the-blue, childhood memory and it’s been perplexing me for weeks.
If you’ve never been a little girl at the beach, you might not know what I’m talking about, but here goes:
That’s what I remember.
That’s the sound that I heard as I peeled my swimsuit off and dumped clumps of sand and shell out of this weird crotch pocket and into the tub.
The Square Piece stream of consciousness the goes like this:
What in tarnation?
Why was that pocket there?
It’s a wonder I didn’t sink to the bottom!
That’s gotta be terrible for the plumbing.
Do they still make little girl swim suits that way?
What was the point?
I mean, it seemed like a liner, but why leave it open?
How much thread does it really take to sew that shut?
Were all swim suits that way?
I mean, I’m sure my mom wasn’t spending beaucoup bucks on high end bathing suits that we’d only fit for a summer…
Did more expensive little girl suits have the crotch pocket?
It’s not like you’re gonna keep your loose change in there…
If the point is to have a place to let out trapped sand, then why aren’t adult swim suits made the same way?
Now, thanks to the way that mysteries become mental obsessions to me, I’ve had no choice but to unload my befuddlement onto my helpless clients.
(Poor, unexpecting ladies. Here they thought they were going to have a pleasant hair appointment and – BAM! – we’re talking about crotch pockets. But they ALL know what I’m talking about!)
Do you remember that? Any thoughts? Who wants to go raid some closets and report back to me? Have we progressed beyond the crotch pocket?