Mother’s Day 2012 - The ties that bind

She used scrap material, clearance yard goods, even old bedding, anything in strips long enough for the correct length - A mother's unique gift of love. Photo: Jim Bozeman

MILLINOCKET, Maine, May 9, 2012 - 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 neck ties for me … lots of neck ties. She found a neck tie 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 for the correct length. 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 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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Jim Bozeman

Jim Bozeman spent most of his working years in the printing business. Much of his work involved copy writing and proof reading. Born and raised in the Deep South, Jim is now retired and living in central Maine. 

 

 

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