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TBP Redux 11- Jack



I haven’t seen Jack in person since we were shipmates, homeported together in Pearl. When I picture him in my mind’s eye I see a big guy with broad shoulders, bear sized hands, dark brown hair and a thick full beard. He wears dungarees and has a 36” pipe wrench resting on his shoulder. Jack was probably too tall to be comfortable on the boat, with it’s low overheads and short racks. He never complained though.

I saw him on the facebook the other day. He’s still big, has less hair than he used to, and his beard is now grey. Good to know he’s still doing well. And, he has grandkids. I’m not sure how many, but I saw a photo of one young granddaughter. At the top of his page, he is pictured sitting in a small chair, at a small round wooden table, his feet on the ground and his knees at about the same height as his ears. A sparkling tiara perches atop his head and a young girl holds his hand as she busily paints his fingernails with a light coloured lavender polish.

There is a tiny tea service on the table. Jack and his granddaughter are both beaming; they’re having so much fun together. I’ve seen lighthouses on the Oregon coast that don’t shine that brightly.



This week’s prompt:

    “The apparel oft proclaims the man” – Wm. Shakespeare (Hamlet)

    “What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today,

    when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.” —Miuccia Prada

    “I firmly believe that with the right footwear one can rule the world.” —Bette Midler

Write a fashion related character story. Here are some ideas to use, or to get you thinking:

 

    Her first high heels or his first suit.

    “That guy” in the ruffled tuxedo shirt and powder blue tails.

    Uniform vs. “civies”.

    The time the kids dressed and made up dad, or a pet.

    A character’s clothing choice and how differently they feel, how they might change if they are made to make another choice.