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This Mom’s Theory About Why Her Son’s Laundry Is Filled With Scrunchies Is Going Viral

Posted: 11:55 PM, Oct 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-21 14:03:24-04
This Mom’s Theory About Why Her Son’s Laundry Is Filled With Scrunchies Is Going Viral

Not so long ago, scrunchies were kind of a joke — along with high-waisted jeans and tiny backpacks, reminders of severely outdated 1980s and ’90s fashion .

But now they’re back, and today’s teens have come up with a new use for the frilly hair accessory: A token of affection.

According to one clever mom, girls give boys they like a scrunchie to wear on their wrist. Flattered, the boys collect the scrunchies until — like so many teenage treasures — they end up in the wash, mystifying parents. (Meanwhile, the girls’ families wonder why they have to keep buying scrunchies.)

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North Carolina mom Emily Covington sussed out the new ritual when she noticed random scrunchies in the family laundry .

“One week there were all these scrunchies in the dryer,” she told Good Morning America . “The first batch, I didn’t think anything of and tossed them in the trash thinking it was a fluke or maybe even mine that I forgot.”

After the scrunchies returned, she did the best thing she could do: She asked her son directly about all the scrunchies. He told her about the new trend, and Covington shared the info with other moms in a post that swiftly went viral.

“PSA to ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL MOMS!” she wrote. “Apparently it’s cool to give your scrunchie to someone you think is cute.”

She included a photo of the scrunchies she’d found in her son’s wash just that week!

Her post really struck a nerve — it has 38,000 reactions and 48,000 shares currently. Parents were mostly tickled by the news, though in a subsequent post, Covington was sure she’d upset an important group of people.

“I’m 99.9% certain all middle school kids hate me,” she wrote.

Apparently, the scrunchie recipient is often expected to wear the fluffy object on his wrist as a reminder of the scrunchie-giver. To reciprocate, he may choose to let his admirer wear his hoodie.

With scrunchies on arms all over the place — from Balenciaga runway shows to VSCO girls on Instagram — it was only a matter of time before the kids created a secret meaning for them. And this one is pretty cute!

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