In May of this year Wolf’s niece is getting married. We’re not invited because of a longstanding family dispute however I did knit the couple a nice blanket. You can see it here on Women Not Dabbling in Normal. Incidentally, that will be my last post on WNDiN.
I wrote a card for Jennifer. Here’s the text
Contrary to popular belief I am quite a big fan of tradition. I like the constancy and consistency of tradition. Tradition provides comfort in chaos, in times of un-sure-edness.
When Uncle Wolf and I married, Aunt Barbara passed to me this lace and silk flower. As she told it to me, it was passed to her by Aunt Elizabeth who received it from Aunt Susan. It was your mother who gave it to Aunt Susan when she married Uncle Joe. Now it is my turn to pass it along to the next bride — you! When another in our family marries, I assume Cynthia or Diana, it’ll be your responsibility to pass it to that bride along with the herstory of the lace and silk flower. Brides of Nicholas and Stephen should also be given this traditional gift though it won’t happen for many years. There lies the comfort of tradition, knowing and trusting an event will occur without exception or malice.
I wish you and Laurence all the happiness in the world. When times are tough look at the lace and silk flower and remember the love you feel now and know you have the support of tradition and the strength from it and your family.
Aunt Howling Hill
I have to rewrite the note because I made a bunch of spelling mistakes. As I was rereading it I thought it sounds a little trite. What do you think?
How would you feel if you received this note from an estranged aunt?