Lesson Learned

Bare legs. So immod­est. He had always been taught that. Even for men. Espe­cial­ly old men. Who wants to see old man legs. Not good. He had worn shorts when he was a boy. But when he was fif­teen he wore shorts out to the barn. When he was water­ing the cat­tle he caught his calf on a rust­ed piece of pipe that was stick­ing out of the crum­bling con­crete. He prob­a­bly should have had stitch­es. But he didn’t. It left a wide pale scar. If he had been wear­ing dun­ga­rees he sup­posed that wouldn’t have hap­pened. At least not so bad. So he didn’t wear shorts any­more after that.

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