Thursday, April 22, 2010

Silver Patterns

Another except from the wonderful book "Southern Belle Primer!"

"My dear, this is something you must always remember: Your bosom can be fake, your smile can be fake and your hair color can be fake. But your pearls and your silver must always be real." - South Carolina grandmother talking to her granddaughter

Some people are born with silver spoons - Southern belles are born with silver patterns. If you don't inherit your pattern at birth, you go down to the department store and pick it out, sometimes as early as age nine or ten. This is sort of like a First Communion for Southern Belles.

Southerners are quite committed to silver patterns. They look at the silver selection as closely as some others might study the horoscope. When a girl picks Grand Baroque at age 11, she hasn't just decided how to set her table, she's charted her course in life.

Just as Aquarians are not compatible with Capricorns, Grand Baroque girls are not to marry men whose mothers have chosen Rose Point. There are far too many conflicting roses in those patterns. Their silver clashes and so will their personalities.

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