Tonight I had to “suit up” for an event with some members of my congregation. That phrase was popularized by the character Barney Stinson, played by Neil Patrick Harris, on the television series “How I Met Your Mother.” Barney first uttered those famous words in the show’s pilot, suggesting that others ought to dress like he does to go out. For him, it’s like a superhero outfit. For me, the clothes matched the occasion. Here are my wife and I on our way to the festivities:
It got me thinking about clothing. Sometimes our choices about what to wear are shaped by our profession. Sometimes they’re shaped by what we’re doing. Sometimes we just want to have fun. So let’s write haiku about clothes, fashion, etc. All you need is one verse with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line. Here’s mine:
The car seat — empty.
But the clergy collar meant
this wasn’t a date.