Food. Flavor. Texture. Aroma. Combined, they are my weakness – my kryptonite. I love the experience of tasting just about anything, be it sweet, savory, tangy, bitter or sour. As a result, I’ve pretty-much transformed my bathroom scale into a climbing, diving, world-class roller coaster – or so it would seem. That said, with more than my share of “wild rides” under my belt (no pun intended), I’ve become ever-so-familiar with my tailor.
I’m mostly a jeans-wearing kind of guy, but I occasionally find myself being required to wear a suit, or at least a pair of dress slacks and sport coat. That’s where the skills of my tailor are brought into play. Sometimes he makes things bigger. Sometimes he makes things smaller. It’s all about “right-sizing” those articles of clothing to match my personal expansion or contraction – which throughout my adult life, has been all too frequent.
Right-sizing clothes, whether moving into a larger or smaller fit, always ends up being much more comfortable, and in spite of the cost of the tailoring, it’s the sensible thing to do. That reasoning behind right-sizing holds true, not only for the clothes we wear, but also for the houses in which we choose to live. We might be uncomfortable with the “fit” of our home being either too large or too small, due perhaps to our current season of life, or possibly our financial situation.
For instance, maybe your kids are all grown up and gone from your sprawling 1.5-story, Mediterranean-style home. The two of you have stayed in the house with the intention of having your out-of-town kids and grand kids come and stay with you for the holidays. With those good intentions in mind, you’ve got at least three or four empty bedrooms that aren’t used for more than about week each year – not to mention the rarely used formal dining room, lower-level game room and upstairs study loft. These are areas you rarely venture into anymore, let alone spend time in, and you’ve started to realize that you’re heating, cooling, lighting, maintaining, insuring and paying taxes on wasted space.