We all have a favorite shirt, and chances are whenever it gets too worn, we retire it. We might still keep it, hidden in the back of our closet, but we don’t wear it in public anymore.
That’s why when a young woman noticed her father always seemed to wear the same decades-old green and yellow polo shirt on family outings, she became curious. Why not replace the shirt or wear something different once in a while?
A Twitter user who goes by @922_riaru knew her father loved one particular shirt, but she never knew why.
According to BuzzFeed News, she was going through some of her grandfather’s possessions after he passed away, when she came across a photo of her mother and father.
In the photo her father was wearing the same green and yellow shirt he always wears, while her mother, who passed away from cancer 18 years ago, was wearing a similar shirt with opposite colors.
She discovered a photo of her parents on their honeymoon wearing matching polo shirts.
The young woman told BuzzFeed News that her father wears the shirt for every special occasion, and whenever the shirt gets a hole in it, he painstakingly sews it back together.
“Why didn’t he just buy a new one?” she told BuzzFeed News. “I never imagined that the polo shirt would contain such a special memory for him.”
Her father continues to wear the shirt because it reminds him of the love he shared with his wife.
Since discovering the real reason her father always wears the same shirt, she says her opinion about the green and yellow polo shirt has changed dramatically.
“I always thought he was so ‘uncool’ for continuously wearing the same old polo shirt,” she told BuzzFeed News. “But now I think that I have to look after memories too. I will never throw away anything important of my parents or grandparents.”