My husband’s side of the closet

Posted On February 27, 2011

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Weird title. And probably a weird thought as well.

But last night as I was trying to fall asleep Nicholas came into the room and disappeared into the closet.  When he was done hanging up one of his shirts he not only left the closet light on, but the door open as well.

Ever notice how when you’re trying your best to fall asleep that your eyes are automatically drawn to the smallest ‘light’? Well, this is a HUGE light and one that my eyes couldn’t leave alone! 🙂

I realized that I was staring at Nick’s side of the closet and my mind starting taking inventory of what he had: a  few polos, a button up shirt or two, a vest, several pairs of dress pants, loads of dress shirts, ties, a suit and 2 white lab coats.

The contents made me think about when we first got married. Nick hated anything ‘constricted’ and he only wore ‘tee-shirts’ from Foot Locker. Some were plain, some colored and some even had a different color collar than the rest of the shirt.

A year of wedded bliss later we moved  from our first apartment in St.Clairsville  to Columbus. Nick’s side of the closet changed from those Foot Locker tee-shirts to work shirts. His side of the closet would stay that way for a few years. Some had his name on them, some were branded with where he was employed, but they all had the same thing in common. Nicholas was a ‘worker’.

When we left Ohio and moved to Indiana Nick’s closet changed again. His branded ‘work shirts’ were replaced with Polos and khakis, the attire that most car salesman would wear! Soon after he left his car salesman status he started working at the wood mill. He was a ‘worker’ again, but his closet never changed. His work shirts were kept in his drawer since they weren’t nice enough to bother with hanging up in the closet. His polos stayed there for weeks and only saw the light of day when we went out or had company over.

After a year of milling Nick decided to go back to school and his polos saw more action! He would come home from work, shower and re-dress for class.

That was 5 years ago. His closet made the last transformation, to where it is now, at the end of last year. Nick is required to ‘dress up’ (and wear his white Optometry coat) during his lab classes throughout the week. Spring quarter starts at the end of March and he’ll be in the Clinic more often,by summer he’ll be full time in the Clinic, so that means more dress shirts and ties.

As I finally drifted off to sleep I thought about the way that we are transformed. Sometimes not as obvious as our wardrobe, but we each go through changes and seasons in our lives. When Nick and I said “I do” in 2002 we had no idea that one day one of us would be attending Optometry school with 3 kids and one on the way.

But here we are. It’s not easy and it’s not always enjoyable for either of us. But we know that we are transforming into a better family and at least one of us is becoming a better dresser. 🙂

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