Many years ago my son gave me a wooden plaque for my desk which read: "Do Thy Thing With Class."
It’s only recently that I have begun to think about it. But I have been bothered by that statement. Must I do everything "with class"? Am I not allowed to "slough off" anywhere?
When I look around at life as we have it nowadays, everything has been so fully developed that one is frightened of doing the wrong thing at every turn.
I’m very sorry for young marrieds, who often have to do with "early married furniture", simply because they cannot afford whatever style they would like. Even wedding preparations are so fraught with possibilities of making mistakes that I marvel that they are able to get to the "I do" part at all. There is an expert in any field they might touch, implying that "this is how it should be done."
It must take great courage just to make a simple decision, for fear of not following proper procedure.
There are so many mistakes to make with clothing, according to experts, that I’m amazed that anyone I meet has been able to pick anything to wear. These experts speak with such authority in all the magazines and even daily articles, that it’s surprising that anyone ventures forth in the morning.
Personal care of the body is a topic fraught with possible mistakes. When we were kids, many years ago, we picked whatever was clean, nearby and not torn, to wear. Nowadays, it must fit our coloring, our professions, our lifestyles, and it must "make a statement!"
If we follow all the detailed advice to the letter — of how to care for our teeth, our hair, our shoes, our manicures, whatever, we just can’t get out of the house in the morning. Preparation of food is also not be easy, as there is so much advice around that indigestion can clearly come very soon.
So many people are experts today, and one fears to be judged by them.
The son of the famous Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini, was once asked: "What is the greatest thing you father has done?"
The young man answered: "Everything my father does is great — even how he peels an orange".
Perhaps Toscanini knew how to "Do Thy Thing With Class".
Bertha Klassen is a community correspondent for Elmwood.