I've had this denim jacket with me for a very long time. And I don't think I'll ever be able to get rid of it, so I hope they're still in when I'm 70. When I was a junior in high school, my dad lost his job. My dad and my mom both did everything they could to provide for the seven of us during that time, but things were so tight that more than a few times, my mom went to the back of the grocery store where they had thrown out their unused bread for the day and other food that was still good, in order to feed the family. I actually don't remember a ton from that time, because I don't remember things being particularly miserable ... which just shows you how hard my mom and dad were working to pick up the pieces on the back end. We just adjusted our way of life, and went to the cannery and our church's food storehouse a lot. I really loved that place actually. My mom probably dragged us there, but it was always full of older people who were sweet and fun to talk to as we stood next to them in line, filling boxes of food for people in need and then going home at the end of the day with our own. I do remember the people that surrounded us at that time though. And how my mom cried at the acts of generosity that seemed to find us in the most unexpected moments. This jacket is part of that. Obviously, back-to-school clothes, or any clothes at all, were pretty low on the priority list. One day out of the blue, a friend of the family came by with bags and bags full of brand new clothes for my sisters and me from American Eagle. THE American Eagle FROM. THE. MALL. It blew our minds. There was screaming everywhere. We could not believe that these gorgeous clothes overflowing from those unattainable blue paper bags, were for us. To wear to school, and feel awesome in. So that's what I think of when I wear it. And it makes me feel happy and grateful, and yes, still awesome. Because a classic denim jacket, that carries more than a few good memories with it, is just about the best a closet can do.