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NESS’S NOTES: Funky socks make life a little more groovy

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Ashley Ness

One day during my freshman year, I was feeling particularly stressed. So, I made the trek from Miller to Faneuil Hall. That trip would become a frequent one of mine. My store of choice was always Newbury Comics.

Instead of immediately walking upstairs to sift through the records that I had looked at so many times before, I went straight to the wall of socks. Twenty minutes later, I bought three pairs.

I don’t remember all of them, but I do remember one pair in particular. They’re light purple, with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on them. The two pieces of bread are side-by-side and holding hands, with little smiley faces on them.

Each time I wear them and look at them, I can’t help but smile. One, I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and two, the holding hands appeal to my sentimental side.

It’s impossible not to smile when there’s a peanut butter and jelly sandwich smiling back at you. And for me, sometimes that’s precisely the pick-me-up I need when I’ve had a long day.

From that day on, I began a collection of socks like these. It’s a subtle form of self-expression, because I can pick what I want to express on any particular day.

I’ve got socks with record players on them that I wear when I’m sifting through the $1 bins at a record store. And socks with outer space on them, that I think are out of this world — excuse the pun.

I also think of my socks with a Boston theme. Monet socks that take me back to the first time I saw one of his works at the MFA freshman year. And my socks that depict the Boston skyline and Fenway Park, reminding me of the last-minute Red Sox game I attended last year with my close friends.

They’re a comforting part of my morning when I’m getting ready for the day and crossing my fingers that I get an elevator at Sawyer, or preparing myself for inevitably running out of breath walking up the hill to campus.

While it may sound goofy, fun socks — whether it’s dogs chasing butterflies, boxes of strawberries or vibrant hot air balloons — are a little detail of my everyday life that means a lot to me.

Follow Ashley on Twitter @ashleyness2000

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Ashley Ness, Opinion Editor | she/her
Ashley is a senior from Jacksonville, Florida. She is majoring in psychology with a minor in women’s and gender studies. In her free time, she enjoys going to record stores, collecting funky socks, and playing solitaire. You can also catch her cracking puns. Ashley plans to become a mental health counselor one day.
 

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NESS’S NOTES: Funky socks make life a little more groovy