Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The Family Costume

On the weekend, Shauna asked us if we had some plaid apparel that she could wear at work for Robbie Burns Day, which was yesterday. Sue gathered some items, which included my hat and a shirt. Yesterday, Sha sent us this photo.→

I believe this is the Stewart tartan, or more probably knockoffs.

I even have a mask of that pattern.

While you might think there's a pattern to my purchases of this ... um ... pattern, it was completely unplanned, for all items were purchased separately with no theme in mind. ↓

I can't remember whether the shirt or cap came first. I know that the shirt was either a birthday or Christmas gift from Sue. The hat, I purchased because I was looking for summer weight caps, which I was having trouble finding. I did find this one along with a blueish tartan from the Scottish and Irish shop.

Then when COVID came along, I looked for something other than plain masks and found one online ← .

One day I wore the cap and mask to grocery shopping, and I got a thumbs up. I didn't recognize the masked person but assumed that she recognized me and was just greeting me. After getting a few more compliments during other excursions, I figured the thumb was an expression of approval. Indeed, I remember becoming almost disappointed when I didn't receive a comment in those early days of the pandemic.

I have worn the shirt and hat together too as in this ↓ one of our myriad car-coffee-selfies. This was was taken last April in a bit of a celebration after Sue's initial C-vax.

Then, last Mother's Day, we had yet another outdoor and distanced celebration, and Danica  tried on the shirt and hat, looking much better in it that this old fella. So, as you can see, it has become a bit of a family costume.


At the time, I put the two version together in a diptych.

I stopped wearing that mask some time ago because it was only a single layer type. I purchased some double layer masks which also have a pocket for an additional filter. 

Lately, when I enter a store, which is seldom and for a short duration, I wear an additional good quality paper mask over the cloth one.

These are the times that we live in, but I am rather plaid (pun) that me and mine to continue to remain healthy.




19 comments:

Patio Postcards said...

Everyone in the family seems to successfully rock the plaid look.

Barbara Rogers said...

Well those are certainly grand uses of the plaid. You're now ready to wear them to some Highland Games.

Marie Smith said...

Love the plaid. A portion of my family ancestry is Scottish Stewart.

Marcia said...

If you're like my husband you were probably drawn to the red color first and then the plaid fit your color choice. They do look good on all three of you.

gigi-hawaii said...

I really like your taste in clothing. And red pleases the eye!!!

DJan said...

I love the way you all rock the plaid! I have a filter inside my cloth mask these days, and I've actually purchased a few N95 that are moderately comfortable. :-)

DrumMajor said...

You all are just so cute! The legend is imbedded into the future generations!
The all-bald men in my family wore hats. My Dad's was a terrycloth white full brim hat for summers. My son got one as a baby, and they wore them together. The grown kid got his Grandpa's hat when he died; that's all he wanted, was that hat. You may want to pick out what your offspring will cherish, but they will pick it out in their own quiet way.... Linda in Kansas

Margaret said...

Love the plaid! It's a great look!! I have a lot of it in my wardrobe although not tartans. My family is associated with the Murray clan but I don't think I liked their tartan much. :)

MARY G said...

I think you are right about the Stewart knockoff, but I believe that to be truly accurate, you have to call it a 'tartan', the 'plaid' being the pleated version worn with a shirt and held on by a belt. Burns sometimes used 'plaidie'. I had to do the term paper from hell once on this guy - maybe worth a post sometime.
Your womenfolk are gorgeous, with or without plaid. Note, complaidment.

Tabor said...

I try to layer but Hubby keeps forgetting. Lovely plaid photos!!

Vicki Lane said...

You all wear it well!

The Furry Gnome said...

You look great in that red tartan!

William Kendall said...

I had a chance to pick up a tartan mask in December. I should have.

Joanne Noragon said...

The fashionista!

Red said...

Keep wearing the plaid . It looks like it brings you luck.

peppylady (Dora) said...

I like plaids.
Coffee is on and stay safe

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Glad that you and your loved ones continue to be safe and healthy. The plaid looks really good. And what a great family tradition to keep in the future in better times. Have a great day.

Debby said...

Hurt my arm this morning and went to the ER.

As I was sitting, waiting to be seen, the lad next to me says, "Fair fa' yer honest sonsie face, Great Chieftan of the puddin' race!"

I turned my head round to the woman on the other side of me and she said, "Wee sleekit, cow'rin', tim'rous beastie, o what a panic's in your breastie!"

The very next time I see a doctor walking by, I say, "Hey, is the the psychiatric ward?" and he said, "No, it's the Burns unit."

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

It's definitely the wearing of the plaid in your family, AC, and sure looks more colorful then the bland masks spotted in shopping areas. Of course, my own ones are void of any significance, mostly being white.