When I was in the 5th grade my parents shipped me away to 4-H Camp for a week during the summer. This 4-H Camp location was Smith Mountain Lake, which was about 1 hour from Martinsville. For a 10 year old, that’s a long way from home. I wasn’t accustom to spending time away from home without my family. This was a new experience for me. My mom made sure I had everything I needed for wilderness survival. Being that she was a Girl Scout troop leader and camp expert, I trusted her with my life. As we packed for the week she would write my name on each item to make sure I would not get it mixed up with another camper. She wrote “Phillip Echols” on EVERYTHING! Shoes, shorts, t-shirt labels, and even my tighty whities (SN: Those are underwear. See image above. Don’t act like you didn’t wear tighty whities.)The week was hell, but that’s another story for another day. Needless to say, I returned home safety with all my underwear. Fast forward to middle school. In the Echols’ household we never wasted ANYTHING! Just to give you an idea of how long we we held on to things, I inherited my sister’s lavender bike (basket, tassels, and all). I eventually painted it black, but that’s another story for another day. So, I’m now a big time 6th grader in the process of defining my social status as one of the “cool” middle schoolers at Axton Middle School. What a difference a year makes. One day you’re an elementary kid and the next you’re a grown middle schooler. Being the grown middle schooler (gentleman) that I was, I was helping a young lady that had dropped her books. I bent down to pick them up and the boy behind me shouts, “Phillip has his name on his underwear!” It spread around the classroom like wildfire!The moral of the story could be to never wear your underwear inside out, but it’s not. That’s another lesson for another day. The moral of the story is to make sure you have nice, clean, underwear. You never know who’s looking or when you’ll have to rip off your pants to save a kitten from a burning building 😉
FYI – Go with colored boxer briefs.