I was 19. It was my first trip to Europe and I bought an authentic pair of lederhosen because…..it seemed like the thing to do when you’re in Austria.
Don’t even bother wondering if I ever wore them. Of course not. But for some inexplicable reason, of all the amazing things I acquired, THIS is what I kept. I just had a feeling that someday the lederhosen would come in handy.
30 years later, that day arrived. My son’s school was putting on The Sound of Music and they put out a call for lederhosen to costume the von Trapp family. I felt very righteous, thinking about all those organizer types who advise people like me to get rid of anything you haven’t used in the last year.
The night of the show I settled into my folding chair at the school. My son was a 3rd grader; he was in the play for maybe 30 seconds. But I sat through all 4 performances in order to see my lederhosen finally make their appearance on a human being.
They never did. The von Trapp boys were all wearing lederhosen. But not mine.
It’s maybe appropriate to mention that the last song the von Trapp family sings is called “So long, Farewell, Auf Weidersehen, Goodbye.”
(Measurements: 27 ” waist; 34″ hips)
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