Everyone should wear a tie.Posted: December 8, 2009
I’m writing this before getting the perspective of its main character, the Omawari-son. As regular readers of Blurt know, my son is a 17-year-old high school senior. He is a great kid. He is a leader in his school band. He is an honor student who picks other great kids as friends. As I’ve come to learn from this incident, he apparently thinks on his feet as well.
Before I go further, I’m going to pause to note that when I wrote the phrase “regular readers of Blurt” a moment ago it was the first time I wrote it without being sarcastic. It isn’t lost on me that people keep reading and subscribing to this stuff. Thanks my friends.
This year, in response to requests from the school’s administration, a pep band was formed to play at the home basketball games at the Omawari-son’s school. They played at their first game last week. Long story short, a member of the school staff made a remark regarding the band that was profoundly foolish. This person essentially let it be known that the band was welcome at unpopular games. For games where the band’s seats could be sold, like with the contest with their cross town rival, the band was not welcome.
Now we have upset musicians, furious parents and, to date, an insufficient response from the school.
I’ll introduce a new player in this story here, Madam Director of Bands. Madam Director of Bands (MDB) is a huge hearted person who loves her students and is not shy about letting that show. She is the sort that there are too few of in the world.
Poor MDB is stuck in the middle of this mess. She is juggling upset students, angry parents, a Principal, and a Band Booster Organization president (me) who has spent the better part of the past week getting in said Principal’s ear.
Yesterday, MBD called me on her way home from school. She was excited. “The kids are so mature. The drum majors arranged a meeting between the pep band musicians and the Principal so the band’s voices could be heard.” She went on, “and let me tell you about Omawari-son;when the meeting was announced he let everyone know that all the guys should wear ties, the equal for the women. He wants them to look business like.”
Normally, this “wear a tie” pronouncement by the Omawari-son would be huge. The boy is a casual dresser. It may be that this is a result of being raised by a man who lives in shorts and believes that Hawaiian shirts and baseball jerseys are semi formal attire because they have a lot of buttons.
Today is not a normal day though.
It is the day the Omawari-son presents his senior exit project to a panel of judges. This is a big deal. People who flunk the senior exit project presentation do not graduate…hence the name exit project. Dressing up is expected. He was going to have a tie on at school today anyhow.
I’m proud of the guy. He sees opportunity and seizes it. Sometimes opportunity just hits you in the chest and falls into your hands when you aren’t looking. Apparently it can also be found tied around your neck. Either way, I’m glad he caught it. He is always thinking.
I’m also glad he’s got MDB. She’s been a blessing. She always sees the best in each of her kids, even Omawari-son.