I've been wearing jeans to work a lot lately, mainly because they go well with my Converse shoes which (although horrendously smelly) I love. But a couple of days ago, I figured I'd wear a pair of dress pants to work. I found a pair quite easily in the dark (6am is too early for Baz) but didn't seem to be able to find a top to go with it.
Frustrated, I flipped on the light, and started going through my closet. Not only couldn't I find an appropriate dress top, I couldn't find ANY dress top. No blouses. No dress shirts. Nothing. My closet is pretty organized, but I pulled everything out in a frantic attempt to find something to wear. Nada.
I stood there for a minute trying to think where I could have put my clothes. I checked the laundry room, my underwear drawer, the hall closet and my office closet. I was about to start going through the kitchen cupboards when it finally dawned on me....
I moved to my new house in July, and while I was packing up my apartment, I filled several black garbage bags with clothes for the Salvation Army and several black garbage bags with clothes I wanted to keep. It's funny, because I distinctly remember standing there thinking that I should be careful to keep the two piles separate. Obviously I wasn't careful enough.
I called the Salvation Army immediately with my woeful story, but apparently all their clothes are shipped out within days of being received. The sales girl told me they were sending quite a few shipments out to Pakistan. That's great. I'm all for sending donations to countries ravaged by natural disasters, but I'm unsure how my dress shirts will benefit people with no food or homes.
I suppose the politically correct response should be that if it puts a smile on someone's face it's worth it, right? Well, I also discovered that I put all my winter sweaters in the Sally Ann bag as well. I'm sure it gets chilly in Pakistan, but I'm not sure how generous I'll feel when it's -40 degrees in Winnipeg and I'm trying to fend off hypothermia.
I think I'll go to the Salvation Army tomorrow and do some shopping.