Last week I kept seeing on the internets this story about Eva Mendes, beautiful woman actress who is partnered to desirable Ryan Gosling, saying that the number one cause of divorce is sweatpants. As in, if you wear sweatpants all the time your husband is going to skirt chase some ladies who are wearing…skirts, I guess.
I met Mendes on the set of an Ice Cube movie a long time ago before anybody knew who she was, and she would have looked hot in sweatpants even then.
That’s not my point. I know what she was saying, which is that once you just give up trying to look halfway decent around your partner, that is a sure sign of an emotional disconnect between you. Which could indeed lead to bigger problems. It’s a symptom, not the actual disease.
Last week I finally said goodbye to a pair of sweatpants shorts that I loved so very much. They were from Target, purchased many moons ago, and the waistband had lost its elasticity. But there was a drawstring, which led to me wearing them – around the house only – for more years than I should have. But the point is, they were so comfortable. I wore them when nobody but my family was here. I am sure Stewart would rather see me walk around in something nicer, but since I am an awesome wife*, it’s never really been a problem.
And that’s okay. If you can’t relax around your family, then you’re really screwed.
But I agree with Mendes, a little. In theory. Because the sweatpants-all-the-time attitude isn’t good. You can walk around in sweatpants every day, but if you do it with good cheer, and a hug and a kiss, and a little favor for your partner, and some sex as necessary, then who cares what you wear?
Hey, maybe your partner even prefers you wear sweatpants. In that case, you’re set for life!
*It’s my blog, I can say it.