Message on a T-shirt

4 Jul

T-shirts with an English text on are in fashion these days, here in Spain. These texts range from absolute cliché (“Live your dreams”) over slightly funny (“I´d rather be in Malibu”) to downright absurd (“Get OFF my CAR and LET me GO.” What the…?).

Two days ago I saw a man rummaging through the garbage, looking for material to sell or reuse, which is very common here. To be honest, I´ve become quite used to the sight of people going through the garbage containers. This man was wearing a T-shirt with the word STRUGGLE printed on it. And as soon as I read those 8 letters, my perception changed. Suddenly I got a glimpse of what life must be like when in the morning instead of taking the metro to a clean office, you hop on to your old, shabby bike and spend the day with your arms up to the elbows in other people´s waste. “Struggle” was probably a fitting word for that man´s situation.

And I wondered how we would look at people if the words on their clothes gave a glimpse of their lives.

The immigrant whose T-shirt would read “I´d rather be in Ecuador”. Or the woman with the black eye wearing a shirt saying “Get OUT of my HOUSE or LET me GO.”

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4 Responses to “Message on a T-shirt”

  1. migrainepuzzlepieces July 4, 2015 at 22:58 #

    This post inspires empathy. It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes by Plato, “Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.”

    • Kathleen July 5, 2015 at 18:17 #

      Yes, that´s a very good quote. I used to tell kids in my class with a tendency to bullying: “You don´t know how hard the other´s life is, and you have no right to make it even harder.”

  2. canxatard July 5, 2015 at 08:31 #

    Gaat recht naar mijn hart, Kathleen.

    • Kathleen July 5, 2015 at 18:18 #

      De kracht van één enkel woord! Dat is ons terrein he Christine 🙂

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