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columnist. Her memoir, “ Blue Yarn,” was released last year. Learn more at CarrieClasson. com.



took a hot bath and thought, “Wouldn't it be nice to just slip into something

comfy like … maybe

stretch pants?”

That was when I brought out my old stretch pants, the disreputable ones that cover my feet, and put them on.

“I can look a little disreputable

in the evening!” I


These stretch pants are not as tight as the stretch pants with pockets, and they are a bit heavier, which is nice on a cool night. I think of them as my “casual stretch pants,” and I wear them as I make my dinner and lounge about in the evening.

Then one night while getting ready for bed, I put on my nightgown and I had an epiphany. “What I need is nighttime stretch pants!” I wouldn't wear my stretch pants with pockets, of course. That would be ridiculous. I wouldn't wear the tight stretch pants that I wear on my hike and dogs jump all over, nor would I need anything as substantial as my casual evening stretch pants.

I found a pair of stretch pants that were loose and made of a lighter fabric and, I am here to tell you, paired with a nightgown, they are the perfect pajamas.

So now I move through my day, from one pair of stretch pants to the next, marking the movement of the sun across the sky like a sundial by changing into a different pair of stretch pants-pants that might appear (to the untrained eye) strikingly similar in appearance.

There's talk that we all may be able to get out and about more in the near future. Of course, I'm delighted. But it does seem like a bit of a shame since I just perfected my stretch pants lifestyle.

Till next time, Carrie

Carrie Classon is a writer and performer. She is the author of “ I’ve Been Waiting All My Life to be Middle Aged” and a syndicated

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