Marcy is a school counselor at an alternative school in Illinois. Other than education and her family, her passion has always been writing.
Drawing the Line
I am not a prude, and I can take a joke -- even a dirty joke. I also love reading people's crude and hilarious t-shirts. I just can't bring myself to wear one. I have a shirt that says, "I doubt tequila is the answer, but I'll give it a shot," and I'm self-conscious every time I wear it. I don't wear it to work or church, of course. I wear it when I'm out with friends, usually at a bar. I've even gotten a few free shots out of it, but that's a different story. My other risky choice is my "Pardon My Sarcasm" sweatshirt. I feel more comfortable wearing this one because everyone knows this about me, anyway. But still, I always worry someone will misunderstand the saying on my shirt, and I will be labeled. Wait? Isn't this the whole purpose of wearing a saying on your shirt? See what I mean! I will laugh if you wear shirts with these sayings, but I draw the line at wearing one myself.
The Truth Hurts
The "pothead" shirt is innocent enough, especially since I live in a state that legalized marijuana. True, the focus for most people wearing this shirt would be the coffee. If you walked up to me with this shirt on, I wouldn't be like, "Oh, this person likes pot." We all know the meaning of the shirt -- the person loves coffee. It's that double meaning that makes it funny and risky. You wouldn't put the word "coffee" in the pot. That's just stupid. Cute shirt. Clever pun. Not going in my closet, and I love coffee.
I've never been a big fan of the word "crazy," but in some cases, there is no other word. As a mental health professional, though, I find it to be a bit irresponsible and unprofessional to walk around with a shirt labeling me as "crazy." Maybe I'm overthinking it, but probably not, this time.
The last one is by far my favorite of the three, and I would love to get one because I know it's not a big stretch from the truth. But I'd never wear it because it has profanity on it. I think it's hilarious, and I'm not offended by it. Still, I would feel too self-conscious wearing it. It just goes to show, just because it's true doesn't mean we have to advertise it.
More Cute Shirts -- For Someone Else
First of all, I don't like to draw attention to my "big-boned" condition. I mean, it's already out there for the world to see. I'm not in denial; I'm just not screaming it to the world. For another thing, I'm not a fan of the f-word. See how I used "big-boned" above? And then there is the word "sexy" all bold and pushy right in the middle. Here's my thought process -- the first thing people are going to think is that I know I'm sexy. Please, give me a break. This shirt is super funny, but I'm not going to draw attention to my size and then try to "sell" the fact that I know I'm sexy. Am I taking this shirt too literally? Probably, yes, but it's a double no-no in my book.
All of the people I care about already know, "I drink well with others." So, this shirt is unnecessary. Funny? You bet! Would I think it was a great shirt on you? Yes! I learned my lesson with the tequila shirt, though. Moving on.
This last one almost makes the cut of getting in my closet. It's an endearing statement, "I have a big heart." But doesn't that sound kind of conceded? Having a big heart is something you want other people to think about you. If you have to wear a t-shirt to advertise it, you just sucked all the "humble" out of having a big heart. Right? Again, I'm overthinking all of this. But that's what I do. And is it weird that I'm more concerned about the "big heart" part of the t-shirt than the part that mentions the foul mouth? Yea, I thought so.
Yes, You Can Buy Me These!
These last three shirts are more my style. I'm at an age where I can speak my mind, and I do. As far as the shirts go, there's nothing wrong with the first two: no profanity and no unsavory connotations. Yep, I'd wear these first two shirts. I see them as a disclaimer of sorts. Like, "I warned you! Don't go cryin' now."
I honestly think "Hold on, let me overthink this," is my personal mantra, so having the shirt would be fitting. This saying doesn't have foul language or draw attention to my enhanced body shape. It doesn't insult anyone; it just speaks "truth" in my case. This is my favorite of them all.
I admire the people who put on those shirts with double meanings and risky puns; I really do. I think it comes down to a matter of style and perception. And, of course, it has a lot to do with me overthinking the entire situation. I love them on you. I will even buy them as presents. But, I'm just not cut out to parade around in them myself.
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© 2020 Marcy Bialeschki
Marcy Bialeschki (author) from Cerro Gordo, IL on May 22, 2020:
It's weird. Like you said, I think shirts like that are cute as hell, but I just can't do it. LOL. Thanks for sharing your story. I knew I couldn't be the only one who felt this way.
greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on May 21, 2020:
My daughter gave me a tee when I turned senior citizen age in her eyes (55, I think). It is cute as hell, but only appropriate like around the house. It has a stick man on it, similar to what you’d see on a restroom door sign in a public location. He has both arms raised excitedly over his head. You can google it—“I pooped today!” it says. I loved the shirt the minute I got it, but I’ve only ever worn it around the house and to take a couple funny pictures to send to my adult children. Just not brave enough to wear it to Walmart.
Marcy Bialeschki (author) from Cerro Gordo, IL on May 20, 2020:
I knew I wasn't the only one!! Thanks for commenting!
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 20, 2020:
I share your attitude toward tees. I do not like to wear the labels but I like to read them on others. Sometimes, a shirt will provide the best laugh for the day. Your article is a good read.
Marcy Bialeschki (author) from Cerro Gordo, IL on May 18, 2020:
Thank you, Kathy,
I just took my "Pardon My Sarcasm" shirt out of the wash. I might snap a pic wearing it and post. That's about as risky as it gets for me...lol. Thanks again!
Kathy Henderson from Pa on May 18, 2020:
Cute article - I am not as brave as some of my friends and their shirt humor. But I respect a good joke most of the time. As long as they don't hurt others. I tend to say what others are thinking too, lol.