You Can’t Have Too Many Pockets

Under Siege: The Adventures of a Stay at Home Dad
or “You can never have too many pockets”

Note from the Editor: This weekend I am at the Type A Parenting Conference. Iran through Dave’s post as I was jamming a bagel in my face and drinking OJ this morning…. you see… last night was the first sleep I had gotten in 36 hours or so because of an overnight flight. But that’s another story. Dave’s story, on the other hand, has real value and it’s funny… so read, enjoy, and comment! xo -Kel

In this space, a few weeks ago, I made a casual joke about how I was going to write about all the exciting points of perfection that is Cargo Shorts. It was really a joke, based on fact, because I do love cargo shorts. But it was just a joke, nonetheless.

Since I made that joke, though, I’ve gotten so much feedback from friends regarding their opinions about them, the cargo short. Some love them, some hate them…a few actually really hated them. But then there were a couple of friends that professed a deep love for them. I, myself, fall into this latter group. I think they’re the best invention since… I love them for their capacity to make life a little simpler in chaotic times….

Today, I took my twins, Emma & Maddie (22months) to a nearby mall. As with any trip we take, anywhere, with the twins, keeping things simple is the best way to go. Even going simple though, there’s still a bunch of things that have to be handy. Typically, I carry keys, wallet and phone, in my pockets, but today saw a lot more than that. Here’s the inventory:

1 pair of car/house keys

1 cell phone

1 wallet

1 pair of sunglasses

2 pairs of toddler-sized girlie sandles

2 pacifiers

…and at one point during the day, I was also, in addition to those things, carrying :

2 empty sippy cups

1 diaper

1 small case of wipes

Reading back over this list, it seems like it could be far-fetched. I assure you that this was no exaggeration. These are some magic shorts, baby.

Even with all of these things in the pockets of my shorts, I’ve gotten pretty good at keeping them organized, along the way…so much so that when the twins are walking with me through the mall, they will often times, reach into the pocket that their binky’s are in and pull ‘em right out.

They just make life and travels so much easier.

Yes, they may not be the most attractive piece of men’s clothing…but they’re better than cargo pants, especially in this Arizona heat

Just a few of the reasons why I love my cargo shorts.