Recently I went to a funeral. It was a funeral for a precious family member we lost way too soon.
At the service one of my Aunts gave all of the nieces a vintage handkerchief with a card and scripture.
And it got me thinking about handkerchiefs and life….
My Dad always carried a handkerchief. I remember as a child helping with laundry and folding a stack of cloth handkerchiefs for my Dad. He carries one to this day. When my Aunt gave me one, it dawned on me that young people today may not even know what they are. In our disposable society we have Kleenexes.
The hankie my Aunt gave me is beautiful and delicate. It is thin white linen with lace embroidery. Each of the corners are mitered and clearly made with precision and care. I imagine young ladies learning to sew and practice embroidery toiled over these old pieces. You can buy vintage handkerchiefs at antique stores and online. Or, if you are lucky, you inherited a handkerchief one from a loved one. I recently started collecting some of my own in order to pass along. I found these at an antique store. They are like snowflakes. No two are the same.
The hankie came in a handmade gift card with a scripture. “Jesus Wept”, it said on the card. It is the shortest scripture in the Bible. Accompanied by the rest of the passage “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” The card, handkerchief, and hand written sentiment inside the card, were so touching. The gift was thoughtful and absolutely perfect for that day.
What better way to offer comfort than with the presence of loved ones and a handkerchief? Hugs and tears.
I hope my Aunt doesn’t mind my sharing her gift. It touched us all. Sadly the passing of loved ones is something we all must face sooner or later. Many pass away much too young. It seems like lately so many friends have lost their parents or a loved one. I will always treasure my beautiful little handkerchief. It is a reminder of our family’s love for each other and our precious angel in Heaven. Next time I send a condolence card or attend a funeral, I will include a vintage handkerchief in hopes of paying it forward. Thoughts and prayers to those who have lost loved ones. <3