It has been so long since I’ve managed to get something on “Illustration Friday” I have forgotten how to do it.
No, really, I had to go back to the IF site and read the instructions again!
Today’s entry is a reminder of a time when people carried handkerchiefs and a common practice was to tie a knot in one corner as a reminder. Having an excellent memory as a child, I was never sure why or how that knot thing worked. What if you had to remember lots of things? Worse – what if your hanky was multi- knotted and a sneeze came tickling down your nose!
My handkerchiefs were made by my paternal grandma. Pretty little things, they were, with flowers embroidered in one corner and a delicate border of crochet or, for “special” ones, needle lace. In a time where air travel was still a relatively new phenomenon and very costly, such packages would be sent by sea, taking weeks to travel the 12,000 miles. And, therefore, generating much excitement on arrival. And not just from us kids!
The string would be untied and saved, as would the stiff, brown paper. Stamps, too, would be removed carefully and given to whichever child was into philately.
Sometimes, there might be a small book included.
Grandma sent me, in series, the “Flower Fairies” of Cicely Mary Barker.
Even domestic mail was a source of delight. And Oh! the Christmas parcels! The Post Office boy would knock at the door with a telegram, advising us to “meet 3.10 bus.parcel on board.”
Sorry, what did you say? You don’t know what a telegram is?
No, you probably don’t if you’re under 50!
Today, my memory is sometimes a “bit of a worry.” Senior moments, perhaps? More probably, I’m simply trying to do too much! Well, that’s my excuse an’ I’m stickin’ to it!
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