New clothes the other day.
I guess we are still married,
That’s the best that I can say.
It seems we feel quite different
About fashion cost and style.
The discussion was the wildest one
We’ve had in quite a while.
All the folks who know me
Know my feelings about a tie.
A man should only wear one
When you marry and you die.
The rest of life there in between
I want to be in jeans.
I’m not being disrespectful;
That’s not what it means.
If others choose a suit and tie
To wear most every day,
I guess that should be just fine;
It’s not for me to say.
It’s just that I quite prefer
More room around my neck.
Clothes a little broken in
Are the kind that I respect.
Just as my clothes start to fit
There seems to be some doubt.
I think they’re getting comfortable;
My wife thinks they’re worn out.
A little patch don’t bother me --
Or even two or three,
As long as from the outside
There’s no skin that you can see.
Reduce, reuse, recycle,
That’s the fashion statement I like
More and more each time I shop
And prices take a hike.
My wife and both my daughters
Think I’m really quite a mess.
Did I get dressed up in the dark,
Or did I only guess?
At which patterns and which colors
Should be worn all at once.
I guess you could safely say
I’m just a fashion dunce.
David Kragnes farms near Felton, Minn. A former board chairman of American Crystal Sugar Co., he currently serves on the board of directors of CoBank.