In the fall of 1959 I was a freshman at the University of Colorado in Boulder
Living in Willis Hall dorm, and
Wearing my first pair of Bermuda Shorts.
You need to know that I grew up on overalls from the Speigel catalogue
And celebrated the day that I could wear jeans (not Levi’s yet) without the bib.
It would be a while till I could lose the high top Red Goose shoes for my flat feet
And get my first Converse style sneakers in 1954?
So my reaction to Bermuda Shorts was embarrassment!
I couldn’t wear them in public without Bermuda socks that ran up to my knees.
The only time I had been naked in front of others was when my Boy Scout Troop
Went to (then) Colorado A&M to swim in the men’s pool, which required swimmers to be sans clothing.
I remember to this day how brave I felt walking out of the dorm in shorts.
I’ll admit I was quite naive then,
When I first wore my AFROTC uniform, I doffed my hat to every female I walked past,
Till I decided/figured out that that protocol wasn’t required like saluting was.
Today I wear shorts with ease (and kilts too),
With black compression socks,
Definitely a style/medical change from when I was 18 (now I’m 75)
And negative heel Earth Shoes.
Well, I’m off to bike to church.