Sew Happy Together

Ron Nagasawa
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Wednesday - March 14, 2007
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When am I going to learn that you should never take anything for granted? Or that I should never assume anything, especially when it comes to my wife? I guess, as a man, I will always try to get away with stuff and, as in craps, just roll the dice.

As far as domestic abilities go, you may be surprised to know that I can sew. Not the sewing machine, make-a-dress kind of sew, but sewing on a button, hemming-a-pants kind of sew.

When my mom lived in Japan and before she married my dad, she was a seamstress. In high school, because I didn’t have the patience to wait for her to alter clothes I wanted to wear, I asked her to teach me how to do bachelor survival sewing.

She did, and I’m not ashamed to say that I got pretty good at it.

In fact, it’s come in pretty handy on the occasion when I’ve split my pants or lost a button on my favorite shirt. My wife has knowledge of my skill, so she knows I don’t rely on her to do stuff like hem up my new pants. This is where I get into trouble with taking her for granted.

The other night after a grueling day for both of us, it was nearly midnight and we sat down for the first time all evening. I was ready to hit the sack when my wife remarked that she was exhausted but had to hem up a pair of pants she bought for herself and needed to wear the next day.

Confident that she would turn me down and allow me to go to bed, I asked her, “Do you want me to hem those up for you?” She smiled thankfully and gave me the answer I didn’t expect, “OK, why don’t you hem up one leg and I’ll do the other?”

I was locked in, having already volunteered my services. We ended up racing to see who would finish first and also who would do a better job. I dare to say that I won, and when we finished we just looked at each other and laughed.

I guess I have a pretty good marriage all sewn up.


Linda Elento of Kaneohe sent in her son Jason Elento’s favorite website. It’s an extension of the Signing Time! TV series on PBS Hawaii. It’s an online source designed to help teach children American Sign Language:

I used to know some ASL; it’s a great second language to know. Send your favorite web-sites to me at:

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