Clothes have always been a problem for my son. He is hypersensitive to touch and can’t tolerate certain materials and textures against his skin. Nylon and polyester are the worst offenders as they cause him to feel so itchy that he just has to yank the offending item off. Then there are the clothes themselves. He hates jeans because they are too tight around the waist and the material is too stiff. He hates shirts because the collars are too restrictive and the buttons he can’t do. He also hates belts and ties which he finds difficult to deal with. And as for his feet they are so sensitive that he dislikes wearing any sort of shoe and is usually happiest barefooted and on his tiptoes. He will reluctantly wear socks and shoes when going out but socks have to be 100% cotton and shoes have to be trainers with a velcro fastening (definitely no laces as they are too difficult for him to do). Even then he will often complain of painful feet.
So comfort has to come first when buying clothes for him which usually means track suit bottoms, loose tops and of course trainers with a velcro strap. Often I am forced to shop in the cheap sports shops as the more fashionable and trendy stores stock few ‘comfortable’ clothes; the price of fashion I guess. Often there isn’t much choice and we end up with loads of the same tracksuit bottoms and t-shirts but at least they are cotton and he will wear them and, more importantly, he is comfortable in them. As for trainers with velcro straps, trying to find a size 10 pair for an adolescent is rapidly becoming a nightmare!
So imagine how pleased I was to find some cotton t-shirts with his favourite angry birds motif on. He adores these t-shirts so much that he has even asked me to wash them for him. This is a first as up to now he has never shown any interest in his personal appearance or being clean. Progress? Maybe, as long as his interest in the angry birds keeps up!
(This post is part of Photo Project 52, a photography challenge where we post a picture every week in 2012. Click here to see all my other entries.)