At this time of year, I must attend a goodly number of meetings. Several of them are in nice, warm places where the dress code is listed as “business casual.” I lean toward the casual side; but while packing for the last trip my wife felt it was time to make a few suggestions about upgrading my wardrobe.
We had a little talk about
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.
Write Field column is written by David Kragnes. David farms near Felton, MN. He is a former Chairman of American Crystal Sugar Co., and currently serves on the board of directors of CoBank.