The tyranny of gifts

One of the many things I have learned from my mother is to beware of the tyranny of gifts: the reluctance to get rid of something you don’t like or don’t need merely because it was given to you.

Today, as I pruned my wardrobe, I came across a similar tyranny:  the tyranny of T-shirts.

  • International Women’s Day 1993
  • Flora 5km 2002
  • Flora 5km 2004
  • Great North Swim 2009
  • Rainforest Concern
  • HemiHelp (in yellow)
  • HemiHelp (in black)
  • HemiHelp (in white)

They have survived wardrobe cull after wardrobe cull because I feel I owe them loyalty, but the truth is that since I gained access to my husband’s never-ending supply of polo shirts I have pretty much stopped wearing T-shirts.

So today, I hardened my heart and bagged them up ready to go to the rag bank.  Along with tops that I like in theory but not in practice, evening dresses that I never have occasion to wear and jeans that I haven’t fitted into for twenty years.

About abradypus

A Bradypus or Sloth am I, I live a life of ease, contented not to do or die but idle as I please; ... [Michael Flanders and Donald Swann]
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6 Responses to The tyranny of gifts

  1. shazruns says:

    Very commendable now come and do my wardrobe for me, please.

  2. lazybetty says:

    Well done, brave woman, I bet you feel high now?

  3. You speak the truth. I still have my flora marathon t-shirt from 2000!

  4. oldbagrunning says:

    I know exactly what you mean! The other day I was looking for a t-shirt to wear with a skirt and realised every single t-shirt in my cupboard is running related 🙂 am going to have to do the same as you, but will be keeping my brighton marathon finisher one till it is falling to bits, worked too hard for that one lol!

  5. Maggiee says:


    I just wanted to say – thank you so much for sponsoring me in my Magathon! Really, truly… thank you 🙂 x

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