Wearing camouflage is no longer reserved strictly for the swamps and backwoods, as “Camo” has become a growing fashion trend in everyday life. The “Duck Dynasty” effect, perhaps. I have been thinking of picking up some camo myself recently, to wear while writing– the better to sneak up on the “Little Red Bear” backwoods story characters in my mind, I thought.
One of my pairs of boots has camo on the upper part, actually. Even though it is always covered by my jeans. And there is a camo strip on the “inside” of my new eyeglass frames, whatever that’s about. But both in a “Mossy Oak” pattern so I coordinate well, even if obscured from vision. Which is what the whole camouflage thing is all about anyway, I suppose.
For myself, I have not progressed all the way to the Camo Guitar yet, but readily acknowledge that some may wish now and then that my playing be unnoticeable. If I find it under the tree next Christmas, I will take the hint to play more softly. I just hope Santa brings it in “Mossy Oak” to coordinate with my glasses and boots while playing unseen.
So as the camo fashion trend grows, I urge you to be supportive. The next time you see someone wearing camo on the street, in the grocery store or at the shopping mall– bump into them– as though they were not there. Let them know it’s working. They will appreciate that you didn’t notice. In the unlikely event one may take exception to the nudge, simply offer up the obvious. “So sorry. I didn’t see you. Must have been the camo. Nice job!” I’m sure you will have won them over and made their day!
Spreading kindness. Camo Bumping. It’s the “nice” thing to do.