I darted into the main office and handed the list to our attendance secretary, told her quickly about the Slice of Life challenge, and turned on my heel to head back to my classroom. As I passed by the staff mailboxes, my eyes immediately gravitated to my own box, which is usually empty. Today, however, it was stuffed to the brim with a very full manila envelope.
I paused. I knew I should keep moving, but curiosity overwhelmed me. The outside didn't give any clues. It just had two names on it: mine and Ashley's, the math teacher on our team. Glancing at the clock, I made a quick decision: I was going to open it. I pried open the silver prongs holding the envelope closed and slid out two tiny packages. As soon as I saw what they were, a huge smile took over my face. I knew exactly who had sent them.
For this entire school year, Tracey, a teacher at the 6th grade center in my district, has been
- Knot Your Average Tie Company
- Backstreet Bows
- Beaus and Bows
None of them satisfied Tracey. As the months passed, he kept asking and I kept failing at coming up with a witty and clever business name. When February rolled around, I had pretty much given up. But, as with a lot of things, when you stop trying, it happens. At a teaching conference, as I doodled in my notebook while waiting for a session to begin, it hit me. I had Tracey's perfect name:
The Notorious TIE
Immediately, I emailed Tracey and Ashley my idea, and he loved it. Liz, my teaching partner who was attending the conference with me, suggested making the first word a pun, changing it to "The Knotorious TIE." It was a perfect fit. The pleasure of finally naming Tracey's company was enough, but a few weeks later, a package arrived in my teaching mailbox on one of the busiest mornings I've had in awhile.
Inside, two bow ties sat nestled in adorable cardboard boxes. One was a gorgeous blue floral print, whimsical and quirky...just right for me. The other was a deep green with gold swirls parading across it, a perfect complement to Ashley.
I slid the bow tie out of its box, grinned at the personal note Tracey had included, and clipped it on right at the neckline of my T-shirt, where it contrasted jauntily with the gray fabric.
I took a deep breath, and hurried out of the office into the busy-ness of the day with two new accessories: my fabulous bow tie and a huge smile on my face.
|Bonnie modeling Ashley's custom bow tie|
|My beautiful bow tie|