THE NECK-TIE LESSON – The Beginning Of Beginnings
I decided to do a quick forward jump and let you into when I started seeing myself in a different light. This may not mean much to you, but it does to me considering where I have found myself.
I want to start with this defining moment of my life which was set into motion by my father, the one who gave me the Aremo name – Ola Aremo.
There was a time in my life when Sundays have nothing close to the ‘sun’ in it for me. Call it ‘moondays’ or ‘tearsday’ and you won’t be far from the truth. It wasn’t a day I looked forward to.
For every children who loves church in my peer then, they do so usually for two reasons, one is that they will get biscuit (or whatever juice they find) from the children church and the other is that Sundays are the days you were your ‘Special clothes’ aka ‘Sunday Wears’.
These special clothes are ironed differently. Sunday was the day it usually was unleashed. So, we look forward to Sunday for those reasons.
My Sunday was close to that. I particularly do not like the Sundays when I have to wear tie, which was almost every Sunday.
You see, like I said earlier, I was olodo, how can someone like me learn how to knot a neck tie properly?
My father had the answer to that questions.
On Sundays that I need to wear a tie (First Sundays especially) my father will wait for me to dress up and walk to him for my neck tie to be knotted. He will knot the first time as an example for me, loosen and ask me to try again. I missed it always until one day when he decided, it was either I got it or I got it.
After a series of slaps and knocks, I decided I had had enough.
I was going to get this tie and get it over with, I watched my dad’s hands as he knot the tie and I counted, 1…2…3…4…5. I put the five steps in 5 boxes in my head, I missed it at first trial, but I eventually wore the tie I knotted myself to church that day.
I was proud of myself, so I really could do something right! That day was like a break through.
I really didn’t tell my dad thank you for this, I eventually did though, many years later, in a written note to him. After that day things got a lot better for me. At least now I know I am able to do something.
If I can get the neck-tie knotted, then I can do other things, right?
Don’t give up on yourself even when everyone has.
There is something you can do, you may not know it yet, but you will find it soon!
“But as for you, be strong and do not give up; for your work will be rewarded.” 2Chronicles 15:7
PS: I will be attaching a major throwback picture of myself tomorrow. Choi!🙈🙈😂