Back in the 1990’s, primary schools in New Zealand offer a home skills course which was compulsory for all students to take, including boys. The syllabus was designed as such so that little boys and girls get to learn firsthand how to cook, sew, do woodwork, plumbing and other practical skills.
One day, 10-year-old Eric came home from school to his father and asked for $30. It was for his mini sewing project at school, he said. Since $30 was not a small amount in New Zealand during those days, his father asked what this mini project was exactly about.
“Mrs. Grant told us that we are each going to sew a pair of silk boxers. So everyone in class needs to pay $30 for the silk which she will then buy for us”, Eric chirped.
“$30 for silk? That is ridiculous!” his father exclaimed.
“But its compulsory to pass the course, dad!”
“Here’s $2 for cotton instead”, his father handed him the money.
“Dad, but the teacher said silk,” Eric tried to plea.
“Look Eric, your dad here have been wearing boxers for more than 20 years and let me tell you….”
Eric’s dad continued to explain why cotton would do the trick and how silk is not suitable anyway. The little boy was convinced.
The next day at school, all his friends lined up in class to pay up $30 to Mrs. Grant. When it was Eric’s turn, he handed his two dollars.
“Eric, this is not enough. Did you tell your mom or dad that you need $30?” Mrs. Grant asked.
“My dad says $2 would be enough for cotton,” Eric answered.
Eric then explained, quoting his father’s words, “Yes I know Mrs. Grant. But my dad said cotton would be better because its airy. Silk boxers stick to your balls…!”
And so, Eric was the only one in class who paid $2 and sewed a pair of cotton boxers instead. He passed.
Inspired by a true story as told by a good friend about her (now adult) son and (still humorous) husband. All names have been changed.