September 15, 2010

Keep Calm & Carry a Handkerchief

The-handkerchief-was-once-ubiquitous_1.bmp

I was reading a recent interview of author Jancee Dunn (her memoir is hilarious  if you aren’t familiar!)  and though I cannot for the life of me remember where I read the article, one item lodged itself in my mind. Ms. Dunn shared some bits of advice that her father had imparted to her since childhood and one of them was “always carry a handkerchief.”

250px-Handkerchief

The handkerchief was supposedly ‘invented’ by King Richard II of England when he used a square of cloth to wipe his nose. My Pe-pa (a southern grandfather) has carried them my entire life. I even have a handkerchief  that he once gave me, tucked away in my nightstand. I can think of so many times that I have had a need for one, but instead was forced to scramble for a scrap of paper towel or piece of toilet paper.  Besides the traditional use, a handkerchief could come in quite handy as a makeshift bandage, place to wrap up a leftover or two, an ice pack, a headband, or a white flag of surrender. Granted, don’t put your food where you blew your nose, but you get my drift.

handkerchief_21104_md.gif-1

{Surely we should all learn from the mistakes of that famed southern belle}

I think I’ve decided to embrace this tradition. There are so many lovely styles you can carry that would definitely be considered a fashionable accessory. Of course classic linen will do fine too. Etsy has a plethora of cute hankies with the option of personalization.  What about y’all? Maybe you already keep a hanky handy at all times? If so, is it trimmed out in fancy embroidery or just plain white? If you don’t carry a handkerchief, are you thinking about it?

15 comments:

  1. I remember my grandpa always having one, a red bandanna kind. He has been gone almost 30 years so thanks for bringing a happy memory to mind!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I remember my Mama having hanky around, but she is the only one. I don't use one....but, as my Mama would say, "I'll have to study on that".

    ReplyDelete
  3. My childhood best friend's grandfather always had a red bandana handkerchief, too. It always feels so nostalgic to me. when I was wedding planning, I saw a lot of lacy vintage handkerchiefs going around and those were so lovely-but I couldn't imagine actually using one! It does seem like a handy thing to have on hand though. (Wow, can I use "hand" any more in a comment about handkerchiefs? Haha.)

    Following your blog now! :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. I don't particularly remember anyone I know ever carrying one. I love the idea of it though and of course anything having to do with Gone With the Wind. :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. So funny! I just ordered some vintage handkerchiefs for my engaged friend. What a lovely post, and thanks for your sweet comment today! I needed it.

    ReplyDelete
  6. My grandpa still carries a handkerchief to this day! love this!

    ReplyDelete
  7. One of my FAVORITE Rhett Butler quotes!

    ReplyDelete
  8. definitely my favorite rhett quote. mama can't be wrong alwaysss carries handkerchiefs. i love it!

    ReplyDelete
  9. i have all of my late grandmother's hankies and adore them!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Dear Kate,
    I am so glad you follow my blog, as I now get to read yours.
    It is an old southern tradition to not only carry linen handkerchiefs, but for an embroidery pattern to be chosen for a young girl or boy very early in life, too.
    I cherish the pretty little handkerchiefs that have been passed down to me. Such a lovely legacy.
    I look forward to reading more.

    ReplyDelete
  11. My brother carries a hankerchief, well a bandana hankerchief really. At his wedding he had a blue one in his jacket and his bride had a pink one in her shoe (she wore cowboy boots) and they were crying so they each pulled them out and handed them to each other. It was COMPLETELY unplanned. They both just happened to do it.

    As for my poor little vols. After a week of licking their wounds (stop arm tackling and complete a freaking tackle, geez) I'm hoping they are coming to compete. I would normally so there is no chance but the gators have been struggling in the first half of both games this season. Guess we'll just have to wait and see!

    ReplyDelete
  12. isn't it neat how a little something can just bring a memory to our minds....i'm glad you have folks in your life that you love who carried/carry hankies!

    and miss kLl...if that story isn't recorded somewhere, it should be! i can just picture both bride and groom pulling out handkerchiefs and exchanging them. that's the sweetest thing! thank you for sharing it here!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I remember reading this, too -- in more or whole living maybe? It was good anyway. I always carry one. More substantial than a tissue...I think it's a Southern thing...

    ReplyDelete
  14. I always carry a hanky in my purse. Every few days, I toss it in the wash and grab another one. The fun part is selecting the pattern I want to enjoy, from my vast collection.

    ReplyDelete

Lay it on me y'all!