Ting! Ting!


“Ting!”, sang the button as it burst off my jeans and into the street.

“Ting! Ting!”

I scrambled after it, dodging cars in the chaos of Manhattan.

Why? It’s not as though I had any chance of putting it back on my jeans.

Just a reflex, I guess.

After I recovered my prize, I reflected on my decision to wear these jeans with a fair amount of regret.

Like my jeans, I had been under a lot of pressure that morning to choose this particular pair because the holes in the butts of the rest of my jeans were getting to be a bit too much.

Hmm… Option A or Option B?

“I’ll just squeeze into these skinny jeans and they’ll be fine with a belt”, I said to myself.

“They’re stretchy!”

My belt has been a real champ lately, clinging on for dear life at the very last notch with hardly a complaint.

So we soldiered on together sans button for the next few days and made for quite a successful duo.

Until today.

“Oof!”, gasped my belt as it could finally take no more and burst apart under the strain, hitting the floor of my co-working space mid-stride.

The sheared metal pin from my late belt.

For a moment, I could only think of myself, standing in the middle of the room with my belt swinging from my waist and my buckle on the floor.

And no button.

But I pulled myself together and gave my belt a proper burial in the trash with a few words to commemorate our journey together.

“I feel as though we could have had many more years together had I only recognized your pain sooner, M. Belt.”

“I’m so sorry.”

We had been busy brainstorming together for a good New Year’s resolution, and now I’m afraid I’ll never think of one.

Any ideas?



    • I don’t know how these jeans could get any tighter! If I’m not going to wear a belt I’m definitely going to need stronger buttons! 🙂

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