Have you heard of the Man Repeller Writers Club? Every month we pose a story idea, you write about it and then send it to us (email@example.com) with the subject line “MR Writers Club.” We go through all submissions and post the winner on the first Friday of every month. Ready? Let’s go.
There’s one piece of clothing in my closet I would never give away, even if it lay neglected for years. It’s neither expensive nor an heirloom, and I recently wrote about it for Haystack Stories, a blog about nostalgia. Here’s an excerpt:
“My most cherished item of clothing is a bubblegum pink sweatshirt made of thick, worn-in cotton. It has a collar that stands up three inches tall, forming a loose but structured funnel around its wearer’s neck. It’s somehow both loose and shrunken, a quality vintage sweatshirts seem to inexplicably share. Dark pink thread spirals up one of the too-shirt sleeves like a scar, where someone must have mended a split seam before depositing it at a thrift store in San Luis Obispo in 2010. Printed across the front—and this is important—are four english phrases that make no discernible sense:
[Bike symbol] CLUB
SET YOUR SAIL ACCORDING TO THE WIND
THE WEAR HAVE ONE LANGUAGE EVERY WHERE.
What one likes one will do well
I’ve held on to Bike Club for almost 10 years now, which is a long time for someone as fearful of hoarding as I am. It’s accompanied me through nine moves and many more closet clean-outs. There’s something about this particular sweatshirt, and the particular era during which it found me, that have imprinted upon me the reminder that I know what I like, even if I sometimes forget. For that reason, I’ll never get rid of it. Plus, I mean, that collar.
This June on Man Repeller, we’ll be talking about “That One Thing” — in its myriad interpretations — and for this month’s Writers Club, we want you to tell us about the “one thing” in your closet you’d never get rid of, and why. How did it find you? What happened to you when you wore it? What does it know about you that no other living soul ever will? Write it in 500 words or less, in whatever form or format compels you, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Friday, May 31st.
Set your sail according to the wind, and we’ll see you on the other side!
Photo by William Grigsby via Getty Images.