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The Bows That Bind
Ronda Rich
A little girl, about eight, danced up to me, fiddling with the satin sash on her dress of organza. She twisted her mouth as she tugged, pulled and tied the bow. As Mama would say, “She tied it haphazardly.” There is an art to tying a bow. I knelt down and said, “Here, let me show you how to tie a bow. A pretty dress like that needs a pretty bow.” As I did it, I explained and when I got to a critical part, I said, “Now, watch this real careful because this is the important part.” That’s what Mama said to me when I was seven and she taught me to tie the bow on my dress of lace and ruffles.
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