My grandpa used to love telling stories of the past. Most of the time they were actually quite interesting. I must admit it’s easy to start to fog up during some of the stories that have way too many details, but the overall conclusion of the story always had a lesson to go along with it. This is how we learn: “live and learn”.
My grandpa told me once about his past of working on the railroad (is the song stuck in your head now?). There were many stories involving his time as a railroad engineer, but there’s one that I’ll never forget. He handed me a box wrapped in brown paper. Unwrapping it I found a shoe box with 2 plaid shirts inside. They were clearly worn and old from ‘back in the day’.
“The history of plaid is important to the American worker”, explained Grandpa. I was glad to learn the gift was meant as a history lesson and not something he expected to see me in on occasion. That day I learned Carhartt was one the first designer and distributor of plaid shirts and they were popular among railroad engineers because the shirts were durable and made it through many rough days of work before wearing out. But these plaid shirts held an even greater importance to the workers and wearers. Wearing plaid meant you supported honesty. Carhartt was a well respected company. It was common knowledge that the workers of Carhartt were treated very well and the products were all quality. Carhartt valued reputation: “I believe that when a man wears an article that I manufactured, his self-respect is increased because he knows that it is made by an honest manufacturer, who is honest with his employees.”
The plaid my Grandpa gave me was a lesson in history and the importance of honesty. It was a day I’ll never forget. If you’d like to take the opportunity to explain to your son how the virtue of honesty, not just in business but in life, Little Boy Mart wants to help you make a day with your son neither of you will forget.
We have a great selection of plaid ties and they all have an easy to slip on elastic neck band. The neck band fits nicely and stays well hidden under any collar shirt. The history and virtuous lesson that can be taught when you give him the plaid tie will stay with him until he has kids of his own and passes on the lesson to them.