I was 19. I was wearing a pair of jeans with a blouse, tucked in. My boyfriend, “Jaime” was a Capricorn. I was from the desert and never knew what he was talking about.
All my clothes were from Goodwill and I saw no problem with that either, I’d never had anything different or dreamed that I should. I just didn’t know what he was talking about – Period.
“You’re wearing that? he asked. “Aren’t you going to put on a belt?”
“A belt. Aren’t you going wear a belt with that?”
“Er… No. I don’t have a belt. I don’t need a belt,” I said.
“Yes you do! What do you mean, you don’t have a belt? You have got to have some kind of belt around here.”
“No. No I don’t. I don’t wear ‘em. I don’t need ‘em.”
“Yes you do.”
“For what? To keep my pants up? They are staying up just fine,” I said, staring. “Don’t worry, Jaime. I won’t take my pants off until we get home,” I said, shutting one eye and grinning wide.
He laughed because he was lovesick. “You’re crazy, Elsa. But you really should wear a belt with that. We’re going to have to get you a belt,” he said. “A few of them.”
“A few of them?”
“One brown and one black at least,” he said.
“For what?” I asked him, exasperated. “Why should I wear a belt?” I asked in challenge because he was beginning to piss me off. He had an Aries Moon.
“Jeez, honey, I don’t know. Girls just do. They wear ’em. When they wear a blouse like that and tuck it in, then they wear a belt.”
“Well that’s fine if your pants won’t stay up but mine do. My pants stay up all by themselves so I don’t need a belt. Why do I need a belt? I have never needed a belt in my life.”
“I don’t know. It looks more finished with a belt,” he said.
“Did you ex wear belts when she tucked her shirt in?”
“Yes. She dressed very well as a matter of fact.”
“Well I’m going to send you back to her if you don’t shut up, let’s go.”
And off we went, Jaime and his beltless girlfriend…
to be continued
The picture was taken 10 years later – still no belt. I do have a belt in my closet now though, two of them. My sister gave them to me twnety years ago but so far I’ve had no occasion to put them on.