Oh look! A shiny thing: Do not sock it to me.

When can we ditch the winter gear?

Stock photo by Mockup Graphics on Unsplash
Stock photo by Mockup Graphics on Unsplash
Stock photo by Mockup Graphics on Unsplash

Though it’s definitely not at its most beautiful right now, spring is in sight for southwest Minnesota, and I for one am looking forward to putting away my warm woolen coat and forgetting that I even own a pair of mittens.

Scarves make a great accessory, but I’d love to put those away too, even the red one my grandmother crocheted for me and the blue one my sister-in-law knitted. The fuzzy hats can go too, though I’ll keep my newsboy cap for windy days when I want my hair to stay in place.

Finally, when the coast is clear of both snow and deep mud puddles, I’ll dispense with the socks. Apart from the fuzzy-slipper variety, which are magical, I’m not a big fan of socks. When my feet are cold I usually just put a blanket over them.

One time I served on a panel at a jobs fair answering questions about my occupation, and when they asked me what I liked least about my job, I answered “Having to wear socks in the winter.”

I think they thought I was kidding.


Working from home has eliminated the need for socks indoors most of the time, but when the weather warms up a bit, outdoor socks won’t be necessary anymore either.

People have pretty strong feelings about socks, whether they’re pro-sock or anti-sock, and those feelings can change radically over time. Virtually no children want to get socks for Christmas; many, many adults ask for them.

On purpose.

Maybe I haven’t finished growing up yet, but I can’t help but relate more to the hobbits from J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings,” who are so anti-sock they don’t even wear shoes. Presumably they consider shoes to be a kind of hardened outer sock.

I don’t. I’m happy to wear shoes even during the summer, especially if they offer an opportunity to show off a sparkly nail polish on the toes. You can’t do that if you’re wearing socks.

Socks may well be the inverse of the humble cardigan, an article of clothing some people inexplicably discard in the summer, forgetting that some people are poorly-disguised polar bears who feel “room temperature” means “42 degrees” even in the middle of August.

Cardigans are also far more flexible than socks, and in fact, if your feet are cold, you can always take off your cardigan and put it over your feet. Any attempt to try the opposite — covering your arms and trunk with a single pair of socks — is doomed to fail, even if you’re using tights.

Don’t ask how I know that.



Related Topics: WEATHER
Opinion by Kari Lucin
A 1999 graduate of Jackson County Central and a 2003 graduate of Augsburg College, Kari Lucin started writing for newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota in 2006. During her time as a reporter, she covered beats including education, watershed, county and agriculture, and frequently wrote about health and science. She has also served as an online content coordinator and an engagement specialist at various Forum Communications properties. She was a marketing assistant at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville for two years, where she did design work in addition to writing and social media management.

Lucin is currently a community editor with the Globe of Worthington.

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