Tuesday, January 03, 2017

life skills

a long time ago i used to be a classroom music teacher. and one day every year we had a lesson on HOW TO TIE A TIE.

i taught them how to tie a tie on themselves and on someone else.

i did this because i had a sixth grade language arts teacher who did the same for us.

and when we asked "mrs. ferguson, why do we have to learn this?", she told us that it was an important life skill. even for girls. because, she explained, most of us girls would one day have brothers or boyfriends or husbands or sons or cousins who would not know how to tie a tie because nobody had taught them and we were going to have to do it for them or teach them how.

she was right, you know.


Kristin @ Going Country said...

I saw on my son's school facebook page a notice for an event called, "Fries and Ties," at which the music teacher was going to teach the chorus and band kids (and anyone else who showed up) how to tie ties, shine shoes, and generally look spiffy for the holiday concerts. And then they all ate french fries donated by a local diner. I thought this was swell.

It reminded me of when my husband's best friend got married and he had to have my husband tie his tie for him, because he's a carpenter and had never had to wear one. Too bad he wasn't in band in high school.

flask said...

that. is awesome.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

I have seen a couple of videos of young men being taught. The one on the subway was very powerful as well. Everyone should learn life skills period, no matter what you choose to do for a living.

Zhoen said...

I wore a tie as a theater student long ago. So, when Dylan couldn't tie his, with his screwed up elbow, I could take care of him.

Any knot learned is useful.


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