MILLINOCKET, Maine, May 10, 2015 – When I was about 14 years old, I became more involved with church activities. I began to usher, take collection and distribute communion. I also did substitute teaching for Bible study and occasionally led the congregation in song worship.
About this time, my mother decided she could assist my spiritual development by making neckties for me … lots of neckties. She found a necktie pattern and began making a dizzying array of ties to augment my church wardrobe.
She used scrap material, clearance yard goods, even old bedding, anything in strips long enough. I had an impressive collection of solid, seersucker, paisley, even psychedelic neck wear. My favorite was a wide, baby blue sailcloth tie, which, to my younger eyes, seemed to go with any combination of shirt and jacket.
I wore those ties well into my thirties, and I’ll always remember that peculiar, yet touching example of my mother’s love.
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