23 December, 2008

All Decked Out...

Both my mother and grandmother wore one of these, the ever-popular, artificial, Christmas corsage! They wore them on their "good" coats, the ones they wore "for best". Sometime after Thanksgiving I remember the corsages returning from dresser drawers where they had hidden away all year, and reappearing on lapels, that's when I knew that Christmas wasn't far away. I have a vivid memory of my mother coming home from a long-ago Christmas party, she tip-toed into the bedroom where my sister and I slept, to kiss us goodnight. We'd had a baby sitter that evening, a rare event, so it must have been a very important occasion! When Mom bent down over me I recall damp snowflakes clinging to her coat and catching the lingering scent of Emeraude. She turned to my sister's bed and I caught the tiny flash of her corsage reflecting light from the overhead lamp in the hallway just outside our bedroom, I heard a very faint tinkle from the little bell that was attached, as she bent down one more time over my sleeping sister. I snuggled down even deeper under the covers then, and smiled, before I fell back to sleep; all was right with the world, my parents were home again and Christmas was coming!

Life is Good!
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9 comments:

Gary Wood said...

Beautiful memory. Merry Christmas.

Suzan said...

Thanks for posting your memory. You stirred memories of my own and lifted my heart.

Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas.

Carrie P. said...

Such a sweet memory. Have a Blessed Merry Christmas.

paula, the quilter said...

Those corsages were very popular. They remind me of the package decorations one gets nowadays.

Libby said...

I remember Mom and Grandma both wearing their corsages . . . . thank you for the wonderful memory.

Kathie said...

how sweet, what a wonderful memory.
do you still have her corsage?
Kathie

G'G'ma said...

Thanks for the memory. Haven't thought about the corsages in years. Yes, I'm of the age where I wore them too!!

quiltmom said...

I had forgotten about the corsages- I vaguely remember my mother having one- certainly I remember the fragrance Emeraude and Evening in Paris. My mother wore mostly Evening in Paris- thanks for sharing the memories - it ignited some of mine..
Regards,
Anna

MARCIE said...

You write the sweetest memories! I feel like I am right there with you! It's so nice to know you!