Does my hooded sweatshirt have a tie at the hood? This will differentiate one from another. If it is pre-war, pre-hospitalization for being a danger to myself or others, it will be missing its string. After all, a hoodie string is a deadly weapon. Didn’t you know that? I do, because I’ve been taught by nurses and hospital staff.
When you are locked on a psych ward you learn how everything can become a hazard – hoodie strings, hair dryer cords, leg razors, metal utensils. You learn. You are denied all of these items. And when you are out you value them a whole lot more.
Today as I write this I am wearing a pocketed hooded sweatshirt with the tie intact. That is progress. I’ve had this sweatshirt for two years.
It’s funny how something so insignificant can make you feel so powerful.