Friday, July 14, 2017

Handkerchiefs for tears of joy

I've been wondering, is using a hankerchief going to come back? My husband and I use them.  My Dad uses them.  When I was little somehow I associated having a hankie with being a grown man or lady.

If you've never used one it is much nicer than a tissue.  I wouldn't recommend them for a heavy cold, but they are great for general sneezes (I have hay fever) and tears and wash up very well.  I was in a vintage store the other day and they had stacks of beautiful hankies for sale. E-bay is brimming with them.

I set up a hankie bar for our Son's wedding with a sign that said "For Tears of Joy".  I had purchased enough vintage hankies for all 80 guests. Every single one was gone before the evening was over.  

The sweetest moment was when my new daughter-in-law was so moved during the ceremony that she began to cry.  Her new nephew (the ring bearer) reached into his suit coat and whipped out the hankie he had taken and handed it to her.  She then ended up sharing with her bridesmaids.  The bridesmaids gave it back at the end saying she should keep it as it contained all their tears.

I've made a practice of giving hankies as a gift to key folks at weddings and funerals, where we will predictably cry.  They are always very grateful.  It's such a simple and inexpensive way to let someone know you are thinking of them in that special moment and offering your love and support.

Vintage is green! 

P.S.  If you are having a big wedding soon, 
look what I found on e-bay - no I'm not getting a kickback!

1 comment:

  1. WoW! Such a sweet story - I love the whole idea of the hankie containing all her bridesmaids tears - so sweet! And I'm still a fan of hankies - have them in my bag all the time.