My grandmother always wore pantyhose when she left the house so she would look “finished”

Lefty Graves

** This article is based on nonfiction by actual events that I have experienced firsthand; used with permission

I loved visiting my grandmother as a young child. We lived in a rural area, and there wasn’t a lot of shopping to be had where we lived. The opportunity for grandma to take us shopping was always a welcome change of pace.

My grandmother was a city girl through and through. She loved to go shopping at the finer stores and boutiques, and she was always dressed in the finest of clothes. However, one thing that I always found humorous was that she had to have pantyhose on before she could leave the house.

As a young child, I didn’t give this a lot of thought; however, as I became a young teen, I began to wonder about it, so I finally asked her why she always had to wear pantyhose. Her response was that “I want to look finished” when I’m out and about.

My young mind didn’t fully process what she meant by “Finished”; however, she never left the house without first going into the bathroom or her bedroom to put her pantyhose on. Once they were on, we would go shopping.

As I grew into an adult, I finally understood that because my grandmother wanted to always look her best, she was wearing support pantyhose to help hold in her bumps and bulges as well as her varicose veins. Today, it’s a fond memory of my childhood and grandmother.

Although I hold these fond memories, I hate pantyhose with a passion and won’t wear them myself. I just smile at the memory and remember how important it was to grandma to always look finished. What do you think? Did you have an elderly grandmother that had to look “finished”?

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Lefty has been writing online since 2000 on various topics, including youth mentoring, addiction, parenting, gardening, advocating for seniors, sustainability, farming & more. She resides on a farm with her family in Northeastern Washington state.

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