Friday, April 29, 2005

Wearing Our Causes On (or Under) Our Sleeves

I swore I'd never do it. I swore I'd resist. Then I got one. Just one. Because a friend was running in a triathlon, and I figured the least I could do was support her. So I got one. Then, I got the second one, because, well, it was for a cause that was near and dear to my heart. Then, the third one was even nearer and dearer….

I'm talking, of course, about these:

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The purple one -- for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society's TEAM triathlon -- was bought to support co-worker friend of mine participated in the event (you go, girl!). The red one was purchased about two weeks later, from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, because my mother had the disease. The black one -- my favorite -- was given to me as gift and says it all, really: "I Did Not Vote 4 Bush." I wear this one like a medic-alert bracelet. In case I ever drop dead on a sidewalk or get run over by a bus, I'd like this to be the last, most prominent thing that anyone remembers about me.

You know who we have to thank for this, don't you. Lance Armstrong. His yellow "LIVESTRONG" bracelets weren't the first rubber bracelets to take off. Believe it or not, there's actually a The trend originated back in the '70s, with punk rockers who wore black o-rings (presumably to set off the safety pins in their lips), and was perfected in its current state by Nike, with the "baller" and "player" bracelets. But it was the LIVESTRONG bracelets that ignited the launched the rubber bracelet in the charity arena. Pink ones for breast cancer, orange for tsunami relief, even (and I'm not making this up) desert camo to support our troops in Iraq.

How did this happen? How did I get suckered into this? And, more importantly, is it really prudent to wearing red and purple together, because, like, they totally clash? (Fashion and compassion are not mutually exclusive, after all.) I have a theory as to why I've gone from none, to one, to three in .06 seconds. I think it's because I missed out on the whole POW bracelet thingie back in the '70s. My friend, Tracey Taylor, had two. One of her guys came home, and I think the other was eventually listed as KIA. But she wore those names on her arm for several months in 1974 before we watched the planes land and prisoners come home.

So, maybe it's over compensation for the whole POW/MIA bracelet lack. Or maybe I just like wearing rubber on my wrist. Whatever the reason, I wear my causes on my sleeve these days, and somehow it gives me comfort.




  1. I have a white one that says "Choice". Actually, I'm on my third white one--I keep giving them away to people.

    Please tell me NOW where I can get one of the black ones; I MUST HAVE IT!!!!

  2. Well you know another good thing about the black one is that if you do get hit by that proverbial "bus", you may have a better chance at getting someone to help you out if they have that knowledge...they might be even MORE willing to save you, so it then really does serve as a Medic-alert!

  3. Here ya go, aimee....

    The money collected goes to various causes/programs that you can vote for on the site on the "Vote!" page.

    I hadn't thought of my DNV4B bracelet as a possible Medic-alert, but you could be right... unless I go into cardiac arrest at a family function -- in which case, I'm a dead woman.


  4. Yes!!! The black ones are awesome. I need some today--I'm going on a trip to Texas this morning to visit with my husband's family, and I think we're even landing at the George Bush airport. What do you think the security guys would do if they saw that bracelet? Who wants to come bail me out of jail!?

  5. I love the idea of the DNV4B bracelet - anything to piss off the wrong(right).
    Thanks for stopping by the Damp Doggie the other day - the Buffledog loves company - especially Michael Ondaatje fans :)


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