n. pl. chiv·al·ries
1. The qualities idealized by knighthood, such as bravery, courtesy, honor, and gallantry toward women.
1a. A manifestation of any of these qualities.
when I was a little girl, around 10 or so, I learned the word chivalry and it quickly became one of my favorites. at an age when boys tease and lack elements of grace and manners, I gradually became intrigued by the charm of chivalry and found myself noticing boys that demonstrated qualities of such awareness and refinement. not to say a girl wasn’t drawn to the bad boy with street-smarts for days, lol, cuz well, into every woman’s life a lil bobby brown must fall. (sorry, he’s the first thought that came to mind) but nonetheless, there’s nothing like a beautiful mixture of the two. kinda like the feel of the perfect breeze on a sweltering day. makes you instantly stop, smile and pay attention.
I believe there is an art to the gentleman. that subtle yet perfect mix of style, etiquette, confidence, raw charisma and rugged charm. that thing that makes us women appear outwardly calm while giggling rampantly on the inside; feeling like small town schoolgirls watching the quarterback score the winning touchdown that saves the game, the school and ultimately the town. as our world continuously rushes in the direction of shallow entertainment, blatantly crude lyrics and blended gender roles, the art of the gentleman has become more & more of a rarity indeed. and if we’re fortunate to catch a glimpse of it here & there, it’s like a fresh cool sip of water in the desert. seriously needed and desperately welcomed.
so, here’s my first installment saluting a few fellas who have no desire for oversized shirts, sagging pants exposing boxers or just the opposite, skinny jeans - men who effortlessly capture the gentleman’s timeless style and essence ….. sort of my lil hat tilt to their visual intrigue if you will…