Mark your calendars; March 1st is Flip-Flop Day.
The last time we were in Old Navy, Sam and I saw the pretty candylike sparkle of the huge peg boards filled with flip-flops. Every time we go shopping in February and I see that the stores have rolled out the spring and summer lines, I’m a little alarmed. In early February we’re still shivering in turtleneck sweaters and jeans and boots and coats, and spring seems a long way away.
But the flip-flops – holy moly, we love the flip-flops. And it was all we could do to keep ourselves away from the flip-flop racks. Because there’s something just a little wrong about buying flip-flops at the beginning of February.
So Sam and I talked about this. When’s the appropriate time to begin buying flip-flops? Too early and it’s just weird and wrong. Too late and all the good colors and sizes have been totally picked over.
We felt that flip-flop buying was an important beginning-of-spring ritual, and deserved a special day. The special day should be the first day of a month, but April 1 was too late. So we decided on March 1. Some might say that March 1 is still too early, and we agree that it might not be warm enough to wear flip-flops at any point in the month of March. But we’d hate to postpone Flip-Flop Day until April 1 and find ourselves with a weekend of glorious weather in March and only last year’s ratty flip-flops to wear. So March 1 it is.
We’re not allowed to buy any flip-flops before March 1, and neither are you. But on the first day of March, we’re going to ceremoniously plunk down a few dollars for those first bright pairs of plastic and foam, and so should all of you. After that, it’s open season. Buy flip-flops whenever you want.
But make sure to buy your first pair of the year on Monday, March 1st.
I’ll check in with you then and I expect to hear all about your flip-flops. Where’d you get them? What color? All that stuff.
And I’ve totally typed “flip-flops” so many times in this entry that it looks supremely weird by now.