I never really saw myself as a youth worker type person. I suppose there is a little too much teacher in me to just cut loose and stay up all night at lock-ins. However, I have thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of working with the teens in our schools in Singapore and Turkey. I have learned so much from them. Once in Singapore, I determined that my wardrobe needed a little updating, particularly in the area of jeans. I looked around at the sweet girls in our high school, who dressed sharp (Megan, Tracy, Evie...you all know who you are). I realized they were wearing a new kind of jean...one that had a little lower waistband. So, the next time we went to Memphis, I determined to buy a new pair of jeans. I went to Old Navy on my mission and bought some good looking jeans. That afternoon, after putting on my brand new jeans, I bent over to tie my toddler's shoes and felt "air." Back there. I drove straight back to Old Navy and had the following conversation...
Me: Excuse me, ma'am? I have a problem.
Store Clerk: What's da problem?
Me: Well, I want to be hip. I want the trendy new jeans that don't come up as high, but I have toddlers. And those toddlers need their shoes tied. When I tied their shoes today, I felt air. Back there.
Store Clerk: GIRL! You know what da matta! Look what you done did. You went and bought ULTRA low rise, girl. You gotta get LO RISE.
Me: Ok, (glancing at her tag) Taneesha, show me to the low rise because I do have shoes to tie.
So began the switch to low rise jeans. I have since learned the term (from the teens) for the little bit of flab (that some of us, a-hem, have) just above said low rise jeans. It must go somewhere, you see, and the jeans leave no spot for it. It is called a "muffin top."
Today I dressed Benaiah and noticed he had a serious muffin top. I took this picture for you.