Shirts on Sale

Shirts on Sale | East Wenatchee, WA | July 2019

In 1974, I worked in a giant warehouse filled with clothing donated by major retailers. The stuff they couldn’t sell would be sorted, boxed and shipped to Catholic missions in Central America. One day, in a mountain of jumbled garments, I found a cache of hundreds of gold-and-black jerseys sporting a fleur-de-lis, the logo of the New Orleans Saints. I imagined everyone in a Guatemalan village wearing their Saints shirt to harvest fruit or cut cane. And I felt a certain kinship. A few days earlier, I had received the exact same shirt as a birthday gift.