Last weekend I was lucky enough to have a second bridal shower. Friends and family from the VA area gathered and it was wonderful! Thank you everyone! Shaun and I received so many amazing gifts, but one in particular stood out… because it made me cry! My future mother-in-law saved and gave to me a “Magic Hanky”.
This (often Irish) tradition comes with a poem that explains it all:
I am just a little hankie, as square as can be;
but with a stitch or two, a bonnet I will be.
I’ll be worn home from the hospital, and what a special day,
for once at home Mom will carefully pack me away.
Then on the Wedding day, I have been told,
every well dressed Bride must have something old.
So what would be more fitting than to find Little Old Me,
a few stitches snipped and a Wedding Handkerchief
I Will Be!
And if per chance, it is a boy, someday he still will Wed.
So to his Bride he can present
the Baby Bonnet Hanky once worn upon his head.
So, the bonnet Shaun wore on his Christening day will be the handkerchief I carry on our wedding day!