I bought this pair of Carhartt jeans about a dozen years ago. They served me well on many camping trips, work days on the saw, walks on the beach. Over time they slowly shifted into my favorite pants to wear when I painted… Nine years of creating, countless blank canvasses , inummerable times I would wipe my hands on them with wet paint. The feeling of simply putting them on shifted my energy as if they would yell “let’s get to work”!
They hang in my studio, when I see them I feel called to pull out a canvas and get going. I have three other pairs of Levis, everyday jeans, that I bought two years ago and have carried me through the many changes I’ve experienced in my life since then. They are faded, frayed and getting very worn out looking. They don’t inspire me or ask me to make them into my new painting pants. When I woke up this morning they sat folded on my shelf looking old and ready for the trash bin.
My eye was quickly guided to a very deep blue pair that peeked out from the bottom of the pile. I pulled them down and smiled when I saw that they were a brand new pair of Carhartts, with all the tags still on them. I remembered I had bought them from the sale rack at the the local farmer’s co-op about seven months ago. I slipped them on felt how stiff and new they felt, yet instantly felt that they were a perfect fit.
Springtime is here and the symbols of new beginnings and fresh starts are all around. A new day and a new way in a new pair of jeans…