Dear Reader, Love Sybrina Durant
If you are reading this book, that suggests to me that you or someone you know is just now learning how to tie a bow. You might be wondering why in the world someone would even think to write a book about learning to tie with a rabbit and a fox. Well, around 1985, I experienced an amusing incident in a menswear store. I was looking for a necktie for someone who had never worn one before. When a salesman approached, I laughingly informed him that I didn’t know how to tie a tie and I didn’t think the recipient knew how, either.
Before I could blink, the dapper salesman whisked the tie from my hands and draped it around his on neck. This was a pretty funny sight as he was already wearing a suit and tie. He said, “Here’s an easy way to remember.” With each step in the tie tying process, he quoted a line of a very short story about a fox chasing a rabbit. Basically, the chase went around a tree – twice. Then, they ran under a bush and over a log. Finally, the rabbit jumped into a hole, where the fox couldn’t follow because he was too big. The little rabbit was safe. That story delighted me. The salesman said it was an old folk tale. I was so enamored with it that I wanted to find the book. But there was no book so I decided to write it myself. My first book “learn to tie” book wasn’t published until nearly 30 years after I first learned how to tie a tie.
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