In a world that seems to be constantly changing and finding ways to become more efficient and technologically dependent, there’s something lovely about family traditions to create lasting memories and a sense of security. Our family tradition revolves around a simple accessory: my husband’s tie, which he wore proudly on the day of his graduation. Little did he know that his choice of neckwear all those years ago would hold such significance for his own family, connecting the past, present, and future.
His choice of a hot pink tie captured his weird personality perfectly, exuding confidence, and showing that he felt comfortable with his unique and quirky style. Fast forward a few years, and our firstborn son, Sebastian, was about to graduate from middle school and it was a sentimental moment when we presented Sebastian with the tie that his dad wore on his own graduation day. Sebastian wore it with pride and honor, and a precious family tradition was created. Wearing this tie on his special day symbolized a sense of love and family, and we hoped it would remind Sebastian that he too, was capable of great things.
Since that day each of our boys proudly wears their dad’s tie for their special celebrations, adding a sprinkle of tradition to these moments that matter. This tie has become an accessory that binds us together. Each time the tie is worn, it’s a reminder of the character and dreams of those who wore it previously, and hopefully will encourage our boys to be good humans and make their own mark on the world.
As I watch my sons, now grown men, standing tall and confident wearing their dad’s tie, my heart is full. This simple family tradition has created beautiful memories, connecting the past, present, and future. I love to see the way their chest seems to puff up ever so slightly when wearing the tie, and their shoulders seem to raise. The significance and responsibility of this special tie is not lost on them.
In a world that often feels chaotic and uncertain, it is through family traditions that our children find comfort, stability, and a sense of belonging. The tie that was once just an accessory has evolved into a symbol of love, binding us together as a family.
I hope that our boys will continue this family tradition, and we’ll see family pictures of their own children wearing this tie binding us all together for generations to come.
I’m a travel and health writer, digital and brand consultant, breast cancer survivor, and supermom to two active boys! I keep it real and share stories of raising teenage boys, family life after a cancer diagnosis, and family travels around the world! Each story is shared with my dry, and sometimes naughty sense of humor.