Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Lost Art

Believe it or not, I am the repository of a lost art. 

Our activity director wants to celebrate up coming Fathers day by having the whole staff wear neckties, the traditional gift for father.  So she went to Goodwill Outlet and bought their complete stock of ties...twenty. 

But the staff members are young folks, and no one knows how to tie a tie.  LOL. Call in the old folks who lived in the early part of the twentieth century when you had to wear a tie to work.  Another resident and I each took ten ties and pre-tied them, so the staffers could simply put them on over their heads, like sweaters.

Who would have guessed that a "four in hand" would be a lost art?  I wonder if I can still tie a "Windsor".

12 comments:

hewasolddog299 said...

Send those whipper--snappers here: http://www.tie-a-tie.net/fourinhand.html

You can brush up on the Windsor (one of my personal favorites) here, if you have any trouble:  http://www.tie-a-tie.net/windsor.html

wil

mavarin said...

I have a pillow made from my Dad's old ties.  He probably still wears a tie to church.  I'm not honestly sure whether the men at my office wear them.  Probably, but I tend not to notice such things. - Karen

garnett109 said...

I could never get the hang of tying those knots my ties end up looking like someone stoomped on it when I was through!
I don't think I Own a tie any more !

msecz said...

My husband can tie a good tie... winsor and all.... guess its a sign of old age? he did teach all our 5 sons how but I bet only 1 of the bunch remembers because he used to wear one to work every day.... we should have a contest at our next get together. lol

nyboots said...

great ideaChuck!!! Im off that day  ut Im gonna put up sign to have everyone wear a tie that day! Thank her for me!!

plieck30 said...

Awww thats something nice to do for old times sake. Paula

bamawmn46 said...

The same thing happens at school each year. The football players have to wear ties on the day of game and they always stop by for Daniel to tie them. (Our classroom is the first one between the parking lot and the school that has a coach.)  It's about the only time any of these guys wear them on a regular basis.  It's funny to see them  come in, tie in hand, looking for Daniel and he isn't  there. I've even learned to tie one although I don't know the name for it.  It's just the regular 'tie' knot.
Jackie  

kateh2ocolorart said...

Even funnier, to me, is that she probably bought all the ties that MY husband Roddy donated, most from the 60's and 70's...quite wild!  Kate

kateh2ocolorart said...

AND, Dad...you mostly wore BOW ties...how is it you remember the lost art of long tie tying?

sylviam4000 said...

Was looking at some old photo's of the 60's recently and noticed how smart we all were then. A different era, but a much better one, when kids had respect for their elders, we asked permission to leave the table after a meal and violence of any sort wasn't tolerated. Hubby used to be very finicky over his tie knots, they had to be just right. Can't remember the last he wore one, or a suit and highly polished shoes. Now it's jeans in varying colours, polo tops and dealer boots!
Take care.
Love Sylvia x
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mtrib2 said...

I think that is an excellent lost art format.    I didn't think that I remembered how to tie a knot but it just was like riding a bike.    I think it is one of the greatest traditions we have.   I think it illustrates respect and honor.   If I could give some history to the tie that I have read.   During the Revolutionary War "Huns" were recruited by the British.   The Huns' had a bad habit of wiping their noses with their coats arm material.   The British incorporated the "tie" for them to wear to wipe their noses with as an altenative.    I feel that the tie is something that has grown to symbolise a sacred and cultural endearment of respect.  

monponsett said...

Every morning, I have to do my husband's tie... he swears that he'll kill me if I tell anyone he knows.