On gloves

Gloves are a strange garment. You need two and they are different. Gloves seem to be a kind of protection so a person won’t tear up their hands. Baseball players wear them to protect their hands from baseballs, and goalies need them to catch a nasty slap shot. Tennis players do not wear gloves. Surgeons and nurses wear gloves to keep from infecting their patients or being infected by their patients. People in the midwest wear gloves to keep from freezing. Gardeners use gloves while digging in the dirt. Football players wear gloves to keep from ripping up their hands while playing that brutal sport. Basketball has no place for gloves. Golfers wear gloves, but I’m unsure of their reasons. Mechanics should probably wear gloves but often don’t. Boxers must wear gloves. Do gloves without fingers actually qualify as gloves or are they some other thing? Thieves and other evil-doers often wear gloves to avoid leaving behind any clue as to their identities–at least they do on television–maybe being a real evil-doer is different, less glamorous, less smart. People who ring bells–ding-a-lings–should wear gloves. When I work with lots and lots of books, I wear gloves. Gypsy Rose Lee wore gloves, but in her profession it was less about wearing the gloves and more about taking them off. If your gloves get wet from throwing snowballs, you better have a backup pair in your pocket. I still have the first baseball glove I was given as a child. Gloves with holes in them need to be replaced.