Tie Thursday

Grandma Kc wrote this on February 6th, 2014 18 Replies

Wednesday night Grampy and I were sitting in the office when Amara invited Grampy to a Google Hangout (video chat). “Grampy, will you teach me how to tie a tie?” One of the teachers started doing Tie Thursday for his 3rd grade class and the school has gone wild โ€“ lots of the students wanted to do it, including Amara! Starting this week, they could. They didn’t have to, it wasn’t required but they could.

When the 3rd grade class first started doing it Amara wanted to go out immediately and buy herself some ties, something she has always loved doing for Grampy. When word came down that any class could wear them Amara and Jenna immediately went out and got two. Amara picked them out herself. Now all they needed was for Grampy to teach her how to tie it. Grampy was more than willing and immediately went and grabbed a tie so that he could demonstrate. Grampy was so patient and Amara was such a good learner. I just love the relationship between these two. Me, I just had fun sitting there watching both of them and grinning.

It took a few tries but the first time she actually got it tied, she exploded out of her office chair and ran to show Jenna yelling, “I did it”! She came back grinning from ear to ear and wanted to try again. She did it a few times to make sure she had it down. She did!

Afterwards she says “Thank you for teaching me to tie a tie Grampy” and my heard melted — his, too!

I sent Jenna a text later asking her to take a picture of Amara in her tie. She texted back, “Amara is currently practicing her trumpet. God Help Me!”

Amara in her tie for Tie Thursday

I went over this morning and got a picture!

18 thoughts on “Tie Thursday

  1. Amara's Grampy

    I didn’t think there was any way I would actually be able to show her by video and have her get it right. But by the third attempt she was so good that I would be watching and wondering why she was pausing, forgetting she was waiting for me to show her the next step. And she was so sweet when she said “Thank you for teaching me how to tie my tie grampy”. Another moment to treasure for the rest of the final third.

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  2. Joyce

    Well that is quite a talent for both of them – one to teach and one to learn – over the screen where everything is in “mirror image!” Amara looks adorable – and what fun to have that going on in school!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      This was the first week that any class could participate and only 2 of the girls โ€“ no boys โ€“ from Amaraโ€™s class wore them. It will be interesting to see what happens next week!

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  3. Launna

    Awe Kc, this was such a cute story… I love how close Amara is to you and her grampy… it so sweet. I had awesome memories of my grampy … he was always so good to me, it’s nice to have some good memories ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Iโ€™m glad you have good memories of your grampy! My own Dad was a wonderful Grandpa to Amaraโ€™s Mommy and to Sandyโ€™s son. He would play with them, not just watch from a distance. Not sure who was the bigger kid but they just worshipped him! I loved both of my Grandfathers but neither of them were the hands on kind of Grandpa. I donโ€™t ever remember them playing with us, but I knew I was loved. Iโ€™m glad Richard is like my Dad.

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  4. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    Grampy and Amara are awesome together (well, separately, too!). As I read, I thought you’d soon say Amara had convinced Grampy to teach her entire class. ๐Ÿ˜€

    A tie-wearing, trumpet-playing granddaughter is the stuff of story books. Love it!

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  5. Olga

    What a precious story. Amara is a child blessed in so many ways–the way every child deserves to be–and her genuineness, enthusiasm, politeness, curiosity, and loving personality all come through so clearly in your stories.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I love the relationship she has with Grampy! I do think Amara knows how lucky she is โ€“ at least most of the times. She knows there are a lot of her friends who donโ€™t have happy involved families around them. I know we feel very lucky and we want to take advantage of every moment of it that we can!

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  6. Judy@grandparentsplus2

    What an interesting thing to do in third grade. Hats off to the teacher and the students who want to play along. And the best part was Amara and Grampy having another wonderful moment and memory together. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Sandy

    The whole tie wearing idea is so great! How wonderful that the kids, girls included, are so excited about it & participating! And how special that she asked Grampy to teach her how to tie a tie! Such a lovely memory for all of you!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Deb โ€“ you could always video chat Amara and ask her to teach you! Brent is going to expect you to know this important stuff!

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  8. KImberly

    Is there a reason behind the ties? Kids just love such things and makes the school day so much more interesting. So few people know how to tie ties now, that knowledge will serve her well. She’ll be a tie tying queen.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I am not sure why the teacher started doing it โ€“ I will have to ask. It should be fun to see if more of them wear them tomorrow. I am going to be on campus for a while so I will have to look around and see. Amara is going to be a tie tying trumpet playing queen! I can just see her on stage now!

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  9. Joan Stommen

    What a wonderful story! I love that the kids…..girls too…. are learning to tie ties! Who knows if they’re on their way out like so many other things! Amara and Grampy sure have a close bond….just like you do with her. I bet he felt ten feet tall when she asked him to teach her……and then thanked him for it! Precious and priceless, right!?

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