The beginning of the tie phase in our house began this past Easter, when Preston, age 5, declared, “I want to wear a tie to school for our Easter party and to church on Sunday,” and that’s exactly what he did.
Now, when there is an opportunity, he is picking out a tie. Whether it’s a special occasion like a wedding, any given Sunday or a way to express his comedic side, Preston loves wearing a tie.
There are no rules as far as he is concerned. How silly to think it has to be a button-up shirt; any shirt will do. Many times, I’ve caught myself laughing as I say, “Preston, you can’t wear a tie with a polo shirt.” One Sunday in particular has become a favorite when he chose to wear his tie with a t-shirt. Nothing about the ensemble matched. Preston’s precious Sunday School teacher snapped a picture, and we have had lots of good laughs over it.
I am constantly learning that more memories are made when we decide to give up the battles that just aren’t worth fighting. This tie phase has provided fun memories that will last a lifetime.
Julie Swink works in Brand Management and Promotions for Texas Health Resources and is a Mom of two.