We have a family jacket that was inherited from someone’s grandpa. It was deemed too unattractive by their own family and I must agree. It is brown and puffy and looks as though it was worn by that famous lumberjack from the Canadian short film The Log Driver’s Waltz.
The jacket is perfect in many ways. It is thick enough that you can put it on to chop kindling and the splinters can’t break through the fabric. It is puffy and warm and it is the first thing you grab when you have to run out in the middle of a dark night when a storm drops something on your roof and you must investigate. It is the first jacket anyone grabs to walk the dog and then to clean up after her.
And just like sisterhood of the travelling pants; just like Lena, Bridget, Carmen and Tibby— quite magically, it fits us all equally. Except it the case of our travelling lumberjacket we all look equally unattractive wearing it.
Sometimes when I am cleaning out our hall closet, I look at this lumpy jacket and think, I should get rid of it- but I can’t. It is our family jacket, passed down from another clan of ugly jacket wearers. In fact there may be a twin out there somewhere in BC right now, thrown on quickly over cold shoulders, on the way to shovel their driveway.
I can’t recall how many years we have kept this piece of Canadiana style, but I will tell you it still has many years left in it. And just maybe, if we hang onto it long enough, it may become a fashion statement of some kind. Lumbersexuals beware!
Click the link below for the National Film Board of Canada’s
Log Driver’s Waltz https://www.nfb.ca/film/log_drivers_waltz/