As many of you know, my husband is retiring from the Air Force. There are many changes associated with this career change that keep surprising us. One of the changes that seemed minor at first has become bigger than we thought. It has to do with clothing. For almost 23 years now, he has been told what to wear. Most of his career it was his BDU’s (Battle Dress Uniform) and then the Air Force changed to ABU’s (Airman Battle Uniform) or his Air Force Dress Blues. Now he will have to pick out something different to wear each day.
Matt has never been one to worry too much about the clothes he wears. He has to wear a uniform to work, that is easy. After work it is just basically jeans,a t-shirt and tennis shoes or cowboy boots . He only started wearing a dress shirt, tie, and sport coat a few years ago when the church we were attending asked him to be an Elder. He still only wears his “dress up” clothes on the days he is duty Elder, other wise it is back to his casual look.
Within a week, Matt will be starting a new job. He called to ask what he was supposed to wear. She told him “business casual”. She also let him know that while they would be changing to a polo shirt (provided) and khaki pants, they are not there yet. I looked over all his clothes and found he really only has one pair of pants and about two maybe three shirts that would work for “business casual”. He will also need a pair of nice looking, but comfortable, shoes. Combat boots just will not work anymore.
So today, we get to do something Matt really does not like to do. We get to go shopping for new pants and a few new shirts. I figure he will need about three pair of khaki pants and about five to seven shirts total. ( I am hoping to win a nice Lands End polo shirt from Tim over at Families Again. Click on his blog name and you can enter his giveaway as well.) We should have a good day. We are only taking Ben and Rebekah with us and have promised to take them out to lunch, which is a big treat. To shopping we go. Let’s hope for sales!