Yesterday I was rummaging around in my decorations and took a hard look at the garland I was planning to use for our tree, and deemed it to be hideous!
What to do? Hmmmmm. I loved the dictionary wreath that I just made . . . hmmmm . . . why don’t I make my own garland – just the simple, old-fashioned chain link garland the likes of what children make at school?
First, I made a small string of it and ran it by hubby – what do you think of this – is it too weird? No – I think it looks neat. That’s my hubby! So I was off – cutting and gluing again.
When I opened the book to start (gently tearing) out some pages, I saw the leaf…
It made me stop and think about the person who owned this dictionary. It gave me a sense of timelessness. How many leaves have I slipped into books and forgotten?
The name written on the first page was Mrs. Wm. A. Campbell – no doubt the Wm meant William, most likely her husband.
As I looked through the pages I came across the rules of etiquette. What a treasure trove of fun reading!
A gentleman must never put his hat on in the presence of ladies. At morning calls he must put his hat on in the hall, but should any ladies be present, he will instantly remove it; or should he be the last visitor, he will not forget to hold his hat in his hand until he has reached the pavement.
on Calling Cards:
A married lady should always use the Christian name of her husband on her card.
Married ladies should use a size of card between that of a Mr. and Mrs. and Miss card. This is not strictly observed, though it is considered a good thing to do. HUH?
Don’t you just love it?! I could go on and on.
Anyway, I’m grateful that I picked up this thought-provoking dictionary and that it is going to grace my Christmas tree this year.
I used Kim Klassen’s ‘Poetic’ on soft light. How fitting!