While Jerry was still working but not long before we left Irvine, we went clothing shopping. Among our purchases, were several new pairs of a variety of brands of underwear for Jerry. He prefers Lycra-blend boxer briefs — his favorite brand being Under Armour, while I like the fit of low-rise cotton briefs by Kenneth Cole, DKNY, and Calvin Klein. Probably more information than I should be sharing, but it helps the story.
In Jerry’s new assortment were two pairs of Nautica boxer briefs. One day, when he came home from work, I was sitting and visiting with Jerry while he changed out of his work clothes and into jeans and a T-shirt. He took off his pants and as he walked across the room I noticed something odd.
“Jerry,” I commented, “your underwear is on backwards.”
He immediately looked down at the front, then twisted to look at the back and replied, “What? No, they’re not. The label is in the back.”
I said, “Well, so are the Y-front and the pouch.” I was stunned as I stared at the obviously awkwardly fitting boxer briefs. “Don’t they seem to be shaped kind of funny to you?”
He took them off, inspected them, and realized I was right, although he couldn’t comprehend why the designer would move the label to the front of the waistband when everyone else puts it on the back. “Ludicrous,” he said.
I agreed it was an odd thing to do, but couldn’t stop laughing and told him I couldn’t imagine going an entire day without realizing something was wrong. I teased him about not even knowing how to dress himself.
The next day, Jerry was getting dressed for work and I walked into the room just as he was pulling up his pants.
“Jerry,” I said, as I stared at his waistband.
“What?” he responded distractedly as he continued to pull up his pants.
“Jerry,” I said, more pointedly nodding my head and rolling my eyes in the direction of his waistband.
“What?” he demanded.
I responded slowly, enunciating carefully, “Your underwear is on backwards.”
Over several weeks, I shared the story often and Jerry was a very good sport about it. Even when it happened again. Yes, three times! And some days after that, he came home from work and dropped his pants to display boxer briefs with the brand name “Levis” stitched repeatedly around the waist band. Backwards. He had those on inside out. What a dolt! It’s a good thing he’s cute (well, among other fine qualities).
WHAT GOES AROUND
Wednesday morning in Málaga, we got up early. We both set aside our clothes for the day (underwear, socks, jeans, shirts, belts) and then packed the rest for the trip back to Sevilla. After I showered and shaved, I began to get dressed. But I couldn’t find the underwear I had set aside. It was not with my other clothes for the day.
Jerry was already dressed and sitting at his computer checking email. I muttered that I must have repacked the underwear I had set out for myself and I pulled another pair of underwear from my bag and slipped them on. When they were up around my knees, I looked down and noticed something peculiar. I was already wearing the missing pair of underwear.
Jerry and I were meant for each other.