Friday, March 2, 2018

2/31: The Unexpected Gift #sol18

I scurried down the hall, a list clutched in my hand with the names of the 50 kids who would be filling my room in approximately 10 minutes. I had donuts to hand out, chairs to rearrange, tables to wipe down...my mental list grew with every step.

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 harassing asking me and Ashley to come up with a good name for the bow tie business he's starting with his 6th grade students. We had a lot of failed ideas:

  • 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 




8 comments:

  1. A new shirt and a new bow tie?! #bestdayever

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  2. I loved Mr. Mack!!!!! He did wear a bow tie everyday!

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  3. It truly is the best name EVER! Loved the bulleted list too...the way you wove in the details about the names contending for the title.

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  4. Awwww Bonny is so cute!! Love the accessories, Ms K!

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  5. I am LOVING the bow ties, and Bonnie looks like a new style icon to me! Also, kudos on your use of the word 'jauntily;' it should be used more often and preferably with an accent!

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  6. Katie, your writing is always so lively and brings the reader right along. As a teacher, I so identify with the pull to rush to the next moment while wanting to satisfy curiosity. Love this line: "But, as with a lot of things, when you stop trying, it happens." So true! Great slice, thanks for sharing :)

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  7. Katie, your writing is always so lively and brings the reader right along. As a teacher, I so identify with the pull to rush to the next moment while wanting to satisfy curiosity. Love this line: "But, as with a lot of things, when you stop trying, it happens." So true! Great slice, thanks for sharing :)

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  8. You have always been good at coming up with clever names! And the bow ties are awesome!

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