I have such fond memories of my grandmother (nan) and her handkerchiefs. She always had one in her pocket, in her purse, or under her watch band on her wrist. What I remember most is this.... When she would fly back to New Jersey from visiting us out west, she always had a window seat. Why? Because she wanted to sit and wave to us using her handkerchief. We always knew where she was when we saw a white hankie waving up and down. Nan would wave until the plane had moved away from the terminal. I always cried when she got on the plane and then cried again when I could no longer see the handkerchief.
Interesting facts about Hankies...
The material of a handkerchief can be symbolic of the socioeconomic class of the user, not only because some materials are more expensive, but because some materials are more absorbent and practical for those who use a handkerchief for more than style. Handkerchiefs can be made of cotton, cotton-synthetic blend, synthetic fabric, silk, or linen.
Several years ago I was asked to help with a house fire clean up and ran across a suitcase full of handkerchiefs. They were spared by the fire but smelled of smoke. I was so excited to find such an amazing collection and even more excited when the family gave them to me! I took them home washed and ironed them and stored them in a plastic bag. I love getting them out once in a while and going through them all.
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In a time of recycling and re purposing it seems fitting that we revive the use of hankies. Who knows, you may find other great uses for them besides clearing your nose.
Nebraska Prairie Girl.