The other day, I mentioned that Jim had taught Seth how to tie a tie. The boy amazed me, really. So today, I get a text from him. The exchange went like this:
Seth: Did I leave my decent pants somewhere in my room or something? Also, are you supposed to wear the tie inside the collar flap or just around your neck?
First of all, this worries me. What does the boy consider to be "decent pants?" It kind of scares me to think what pants he might be wearing around Butler. It would scare you too, if you saw just how dressed down this kid takes it at home. The kid likes comfy clothes. I take no responsibility, especially if he's walking around in sweats with a tie around his bare neck.
Me: I will look for the pants. Tie goes around the collar when it's folded down, not against your skin.
Maybe this doesn't make sense, but I hate long texts on my phone, and I thought that making it quick and dirty might get through to him. Not so much.
Seth: What do you mean by folded down?
This kind of reminds me of the "define what 'is' is" quote of days past. Folded down. As in, not up. Too bad that tie didn't come with a GPS installed in it. I'm thinking the boy has no future in origami.
Me: Pop the collar. Put the tie on. Fold down collar over the tie.
Breaking it down more. Small words. Short sentences. I'm thinking we have got it now.......
Seth: Oh. Welp. I thought Jim said it just goes around the neck...
He has no idea how he got this idea. He did, however, inject all the love in his heart into his response, which was given official approval of the US Marine Corps.
Me: Look at a YouTube video.
At this point, I threw in the towel, and was pretty sure that he didn't quite understand what I was saying. I also knew that he was likely getting ready for class, and was getting increasingly concerned at what he was gonna look like as he went out the door.
Seth: I understand how to do it, I just thought he said elsewise.
So I guess the entire exchange may've been for nothing. I'm still not quite sure. I'm also not sure if he unerstands where the tie goes. And notice, there was not one question about how to actually tie the tie. It was only about the location of the tie, which would imply that perhaps Jim put the cart before the horse when he showed Seth how to tie the tie without making clear the placement of said tie before you start.
It's no wonder my brain feels broken some days.