When I sew I use pins to hold fabric together until I can get it sewn, and that is just one of many ways of holding things together.
Carpenters use screws, nails and glue to hold things together. They use clamps and sometimes they just use their gold ol’ imagination and rig things if they have to in order to hold them together while they get them fixed permanently.
We do the same thing in many ways, we use good ol’ American ingenuity to rig things together if we have to. How many times and how many uses have we had for a simple wire coat hanger. They have been used to open a car door when someone locks their keys inside (but not me–I don’t think I have ever done this. However, I have used a coat hanger myself to clean stuff (that we won’t mention) out of the bath room sink drain, and many other things.
Sometimes when we lose a button off our shirt, we use a safety pin to hold it together until we can mend it.
Sometimes I even need a “nerve pill” to hold myself together.
Safety pins have a variety of uses themselves. “Back in my day” We used safety pins to hold a baby’s diaper on. Today they use disposable diapers with sticky tabs–no safety pins for today’s babies.
We women sometimes wear slacks with elastic in the waist to hold our pants up. Men wear belts and suspenders, although sometimes to look at them, they don’t do a very good job, if you know what I mean.
And by the way–have you ever thought about how the men in the Navy get all those buttons undone on their pants when they have to “go”? I guess they have to plan ahead and not get in too big of a hurry.
I have noticed lately that just about all the slacks I buy have one or two buttons on them, along with one or two heavy duty trouser hooks, and a zipper. What’s the big deal here? It seems the clothing designers and the button and hook manufacturers have gotten together since that notorious little incident of Janet Jackson’s during the Super Bowl half time show a couple of years ago, and decided to make a change in clothing closures.
Well, I think I had rather button, hook and zip than to have a wardrobe malfunction myself. If I ever had that kind of wardrobe malfunction I could probably win the big prize on America’s Funniest Home Videos.