Sunday, July 27, 2008

Symbolic attire

Ceremonial attire is very specific. At Ben's graduation from George Washington University's School of Political Management, they did not wear caps and gowns. Rather, the requisite attire was described as "business dress." When you think about it, the rules for this type of apparel are equally strange. Why wear stiff-collared shirts with jackets on a warm summer's day and knot dull strips of silk 'round the neck?
My husband Joe likes to dresses in what he picks up at the church thrift store. That way, he has more to give to charity. But for this occasion, he purchased a brand new blazer and Oxford cloth shirt. He even wore a tie for the first time in the past six months.

Ben (below) has always cleaned up well.

What does tomorrow mean? It is 5:30 pm here, but at home it’s 5:00 in the morning. I leave Weihai tomorrow and make a stop in Beijing. ...