Did you know that socks are the most sought after item of clothing in a homeless shelter? Apparently, socks are a desirable commodity worldwide. According to one source: “The global socks market is expected to reach USD 44.8 billion in 2022.” Socks are a thoughtful gift item too: They suggest a personal touch and are usually not very expensive.
Even in Florida, socks are highly valued because they regulate the humidity of one’s feet in summer and keep them toasty-warm in winter, especially in northeast Florida.
Believe it or not, one poet has written a poem about socks, Pablo Neruda, “Ode to Socks,” an excerpt from which you can read here:
by Pablo Neruda
Maru Mori brought me
that she knit with her
Two socks as soft
as rabbit fur.
I thrust my feet
as if they were
He continues . . .
who deliver a young deer
of the rarest species
to the roasting spit
then wolf it down
my feet forward
and pulled on
and over them
So this is
the moral of my ode:
beauty is beauty
and good things are doubly
when you’re talking about a pair of wool
in the dead of winter.
During the course of the entire poem, Neruda exudes that these socks are so beautiful that he doesn’t even want to put them on and possibly ruin them!
My winter socks, a wee photo story
Wearing socks contributes to a warm and fuzzy feeling, one which the Danes define in the word hygge, which I describe with photos in an earlier post.
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How do socks bring you comfort?
What other item of clothing offers warmth and coziness?
Are you planning to give socks to someone as a holiday gift?