I'm so glad you've stopped by. I've recovered from my blue funk of the last week just in time! I've got some pretty pink handkerchiefs to show you for Pink Saturday, at How Sweet the Sound. I'm also joining the fun at Tam's The Gypsy's Corner, for 3 or More Tuesday. Thanks Beverly and Tam!
I hope you'll enjoy them!
I found these hankies in one of my Mom's drawers after she passed away. I had given most of them to her for Mother's day or for her birthday when I was a little girl.
Does anyone remember those flat boxes of three or four hankies that you could buy at Thrifty or Woolworth drug stores? I remember thinking they were so beautiful, all tied up with their little ribbons, and the pretty paper on the boxes. There was always a crinkly cellophane window in the box top, which allowed the contents to show. I loved that!
With my limited income of a quarter a week allowance, I didn't have many options when it came time to buy a gift for my mom! We didn't have a lot of fancy stores in our town, and I knew I couldn't afford her favorite perfume (Chanel No. 5, or Ma Griffe). Jewelry was my Dad's domain - and he loved to spoil her with beautiful pieces. She really wasn't the type of Mom to actually wear a macaroni necklace, so to me the hankies were a way of giving her something that reflected her beauty. I didn't realize she had kept them all!
My daughters didn't even know what hankies were, until I explained to them.
I told them how my mother would put one in each of my sisters' and my own little patent leather purses, and how she would tie a quarter or a few dimes in the corner for our church offerings on Sunday.
I explained that women always carried hankies in their purses back when I was a girl, (sheesh, it wasn't that long ago!) and I tried to express the rush of feelings that came over me when I saw these again after such a long time. I don't think my daughters really understood, but they were sweet about it!
I've been reminiscing about my Mother a lot lately. She was pretty and fair, with light blond hair. Pink was one of her colors! It's bittersweet reliving moments from my past, and the memories of someone who meant so much to me. It's painful realizing she isn't here with me anymore.
I'm very sentimental about little things that used to be hers, like these hankies.
I'm going to tuck one of them into my purse, and I'll have a sweet reminder of my mother with me every day. It will be so nice to have something tangible, something I can touch, which, like my memories, will keep her close to me wherever I go.
Thanks for taking another trip down memory lane with me! Thanks to Beverly at How Sweet the Sound, for Pink Saturday. Thanks also to Tam at The Gypsy's Corner, for 3 or More Tuesday. When you get a chance go check out those sites, I promise you, you'll be glad you did!
I also want to mention a blog I recently discovered ( late to the game, again!). It's Mimi Charmante- go see it -it's beautiful! Mimi's having a drawing for a really lovely wrap that I think anyone would love and use often in the cooler weather. You need to enter by this Thursday, so hurry on over there, and let her know I sent you! (But please, don't win, because I want to!!)
Come back for another visit real soon.
Until next time