I am delighted to report that my son the pilot-in-training has taken to the skies after solving his flight-related embroidery needs--and it didn't require a stitch of work on my part.
He's been looking forward to getting into the cockpit for quite some time, but first he had to overcome a variety of obstacles:
Ground school: check.
Sectional exam: check.
Radio headset: check.
Appropriate embroidery: check.
The embroidery is part of the pilot training dress code at his college: students don't take to the air if they're not dressed appropriately. Now if the college asked the students' mothers what kind of attire might be appropriate for their darling boys to wear in the air, we might have suggested an asbestos suit equipped with a personal jet pack and auto-inflating air bags, but no one asked us. Instead, he's required to wear dress pants with a white dress shirt and tie or a white polo shirt embroidered with the college's official logo, and since today's young men find ties a tad intimidating, it's no surprise that they tend to go for the polo shirt.
Except the polo shirt with official logo costs $40 at the college bookstore, and he needs several, particularly if he's planning to do any sweating in the cockpit--and let's not even think about why he might be sweating in the cockpit. I'm trying very hard not to think about the fact that the young man in the cockpit is the same one I taught to drive just a few short years ago, and I do recall some times when sweating occurred in the car--so I guess it's just as well that I'm not the one teaching him to fly!
So: unwilling to either wear a tie or pay $40 for a polo shirt, my frugal son betook himself to a local business establishment that specializes in embroidering appropriate logos on white polo shirts for aspiring pilots, allowing the young man to leap the last obstacle and take to the air. Now he's flying, which makes him pretty happy and makes me happy too--as long as he eventually learns how to land.