Slim Randles' Home Country
A red tie….to make him feel complete
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[April 07, 2016]
There was Doc, just cruising around slowly on a warm
Saturday, alone with his thoughts, which kinda centered around “I
sure am lucky to live here.”
Then he saw the carboard boxes with bricks on top to hold them
down in the wind, and an arrow on the front.
Saling! Yard saling! It’s that season again. And of course he had to
stop. Especially if you hadn’t been yard saling in months.
He wandered through mountains of magazines, crates of kitchen
utensils, tons of tools and cartons of old clothes. Then he saw it.
A red tie. He didn’t have a red tie. He didn’t wear a tie except to
church and that was just because Mrs. Doc made him do it.
But he didn’t have a red tie, and that fact alone made him feel …
well … incomplete?
I mean, what if one of the guys came over to the house and asked if
he could borrow Doc’s red tie? Think about it. What would he say?
“Well, sorry, Herb. I have never owned a red tie.”
“You don’t mean it!”
And Doc would be forced to nod sadly and suffer the pitying glances
of a fellow human being.
He bought the tie. Fifty cents.
Spending that half dollar did several things for Doc that Saturday.
It gave him a feeling of completeness. Now if someone came by to
borrow … oh yes, he’s ready. And buying that tie also made him feel
more … American.
On warm weekends here in Home Country, we set out our cardboard
boxes with the arrows on them and we haul all our detritus out onto
the driveway and the lawn and we do our bit to make sure our fellow
Americans are fulfilled in the red tie department.
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Of course, we watch, don’t we, as our friends
and neighbors pick through things we’ve been storing since the
Eisenhower Administration. And if any one of them should curl a lip
in scorn at one of these treasures, we’ll consider scratching them
off the birthday party list.
Respect, after all, is the very backbone of democracy.
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