I've been stitching on the gardening-jeans-turned-boro, saving them has become my cause. Three large patches on one leg alone, and more to go. I am concerned about future kneeling, bending, stretching, washing, and drying. Will they hold up even with this new outer layer? Is it really necessary that they be worn for strenuous, messy, outdoor work?
Maybe there's a little lesson in here. Maybe the jeans are me. I notice that I feel more effects from physical labor now. I need to do things smarter and it's sort of fun to rethink and revamp -- won't it be just fine if I lay a thick layer of mulch instead of double-digging every new planting bed? Maybe a change is needed for the jeans to be useful as long as possible. Like me.
Yes, these jeans need to change vocations. From garden to house. Like housecoat, housedog -- work, wife, keeper, boat, coat, maid, etc. they will be housejeans. Where they can be worn and appreciated for their softness and comfort and the way they are permanently molded to my body. The velveteen rabbit effect. Like me.
Who knows how long we can last now?